Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts
E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.
One recipe from epicurious from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!
Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing
E: One way to get back on track with your health goals is to make this salad. Broccoli is a superfood. It fights cancer, maintains your metabolism, serves as a detoxifier, is filled with fiber, lowers cholesterol, protects your eyes, it is extremely high in vitamin C, has calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, magnesium, folate, and many more. Studies show eating broccoli decreases obesity, diabetes, heart disease, promotes healthier complexion and hair, increase energy and weight loss. It’s great steamed, roasted, in a soup, raw with yogurt dip.
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. She made it for a get together once and I fell in love. I love the crunch of the peanuts/ pumpkin seeds and raw broccoli; and the acid from the rice vinegar. I like eating broccoli in a form different than typical steamed with salt and pepper. It’s Sam’s favorite vegetable, specially when I make it with beef- ha!
Sweet Potato Soup or Sopa de Camote
E: I’m in love with sweet potatoes. I first started eating these because they were a recommended source of protein and carbs for runners. I also began to eat them in lieu of a regular potato because they are a superfood which means they are loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrients and are low on the glycemic index. I find sweet potatoes on sale all the time at the mexican market. Although, the sweet potatoes there have a thinner skin are slightly pale yellow, and are not as sweet nor mushy when cooked. I can eat sweet potatoes in a variety of ways, but this was the first time I tried it in soup form. I really liked it. It’s hard to say where this recipe originated because I’ve seen variations of it on so many blogs and cooking books.
My boss recommended Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Tursthen’s book, “It’s All Good.” I found a sweet potato recipe there that is just about like the one I made. I’ve also seen this on a website at “simplyrecipes” and even then she gives credit to another blogger. Anyways, the moral of the story is that you can really make this soup your own by adding a few of your favorite spices or toppings, just like when adding toppings to a baked potato. I love paprika and honey with my sweet potato, so I used a little of that here. Enjoy!
Avocado on Toast with Chickpea-Tomato-Basil Salad
E: I went on a long walk yesterday morning. When I got back from my walk I was pretty tired and hungry. I didn’t feel like eating eggs. My immediate go to breakfast is a healthy slice of whole-grain bread with a thin layer of avocado sprinkled with maldon salt and red pepper flakes for some spice. I decided to top it with some leftover salad I had from Friday night. I ate it with some super sweet black-berries and a homemade vanilla chai latte. When I sat down to eat, Sam was still sleeping so I had a few minutes to myself for reflection. I hope you have a great meal too.
Grilled Fish Tacos (Mahi-Mahi) with Salsa
E: We are still watching NBA playoffs at our house. This Saturday we had my hubby’s brothers come watch the game with us. My sister-in-law Jocelyn was going to bring some guacamole, so she inspired me to make fish tacos. These turned out so delicious. I found the recipe on chow.com. The fish and slaw were slightly modified, I improvised a little with the recipe to make it more my taste. I also made a delicious salsa which was perfect with the fish.
[The salsa can also be used as a marinade. However, I decided not to put spice on the actual fish other than the little bit of cayenne because my sister-in-law is very sensitive to spicy foods.]
I served these with mexican rice and a grilled corn salad (lemon, parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper). This was the main meal. I also made beef taquitos as an appetizer that could have been eaten with the guacamole my sister Jocelyn made. The fish tacos would have been enough, but you just never know. My mom taught me that it’s always better to make more food, than not enough. I love that about Mexican households, the people are so hospitable. I want to make people comfortable, and not leave my house hungry. So we had a feast.
We had a great time. I think it helped that the Warriors swept the Pelicans. Off we go to round 2 of playoffs. I think these tacos are great for any taco tuesday, or for cinco de mayo coming up. Buen provecho.
Baby Bellas, Super-greens and Poached Egg
yields: 1-2 servings
E: A super simple breakfast. Some greens, some mushrooms, a perfectly poached egg. Yum. Top with siracha. Enjoy.