Out of the garden and into the pesto!

June 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

I finished reading Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food. It has caused me to think more about the importance of whole foods and getting raw veggies into the family diet.

The kale plants with put in the ground in the fall have been our most steady producers. I needed to find more ways to get these super vegetables into our diets. We already were doing kale chips, and a kale leaf or two in smoothies.

I found this site after a quick search. A simple kale walnut pesto. Exactly what I was looking for! I already had toasted walnuts (little o loves to snack on them) and garlic.

Here’s the how-to.

Harvest enough leaves to get 3 cups of kale, chopped.

Break out the food processor. Toss in a single peeled garlic clove and mince it up. Add in 1/2 cup toasted walnuts and 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Add in the kale. More blending.

3/4 c olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. More blending.

I also followed my friend Michelle’s advice and froze some into cubes for a future meal. 

Seriously delicious and super easy to make. It’s great tossed with pasta and sun-dried tomatoes, or spread on crackers or sourdough.

Let me know if you get a chance to make some yourself! Apparently you can make pesto out of any greens and any nuts. Looking forward to some different variations based on the season and the garden’s yield.

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