Pesto perfecto: Kale and Walnut Pesto

I won’t claim credit.

This is a raw pesto dish hubby made for me one evening.

Served on a bed of raw zucchini noodles, it was one of the best homemade dinners I’ve had in a while.

Kale & Walnut Pesto

leaves from 1 bunch kale
1/4 cup walnuts
1 clove of garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon – juiced and zested
sea salt and pepper

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

If you want a runnier pesto, add more olive oil.  If you like it thick, it could also serve as a dip for vegetable crudites.

Quirky fact:  Did you know walnuts have been revered since ancient times as a symbol of intelligence.  It is attributed to the similarity of their kernels to that of the human brain.  Enriched with health-benefiting nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids (a 25g serving provides a whopping 90% RDI), it’s an apt correlation.

It could also be called the ‘beauty’ nut, containing about 21g of Vitamin E per 100g (that’s 140% of your daily required levels!)  

P.S.  Walnut and kale is used here, as this is what was in our fridge.  I don’t see why these ingredients couldn’t be substituted for similar items.  Cashew and spinach pesto, anyone?

pretty pesto

pretty pesto

Viva la verde… yet another variant on the green smoothie

This is a smoothie I’ve been trialling for the past few days.  Only in its infancy, I liken it to Mother Nature’s version of a V energy drink.  A triple V!

It’s more ‘green’ than my usual morning pick-me-up.  Hubby and I had a tall glass each around 10am and it kept us satiated until late afternoon.

For those just starting on green smoothies, there’s a few options if your tastebuds yell out for something sweeter!

Based on the Dr Oz green drink, my version is below.  It made over 2 tall glasses and then some!

Triple V smoothie

Triple V smoothie

VVV (Very Very Verde) Smoothie

1 handful spinach

2 florets broccoli

2 stalks kale

3 stalks celery

juice of 2 limes

2 tbs chopped parsley

1cm portion of ginger

2 (large) green apples

1/2 cucumber

1 tbs chia seeds

water or coconut water

handful ice

Optional: agave / dates / banana / pineapple / orange / another apple

I prefer the thickness of smoothies as opposed to juices, so I threw everything into my powerful blender.  It may sound like you have a racehorse in your kitchen, but so worth it to make life easier!

If you have a regular blender, make sure you chop the ingredients into smaller pieces to ease the liquifying process.

Blend.  Add sufficient water/coconut water for it come together.

Taste.  If similar to freshly mowed lawn (urgh) then add sweetener and blend again.

A mouthful of freshness in every gulp!