Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sundried Tomato Dairy Free Pesto?

Hiya!

What’s shaken folks?

How about a little pesto recipe that is easy, flavourful and dairy free?

I know you want it?

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Sundried Tomato Pesto (Dairy Free)

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1/4 cup raw or toasted almonds

1/2 (or more) packed basil

1/2 cup chicken broth (or veggie)

2 TBSP oil – I used grape seed

1/4 cup sundried tomato in oil – rinsed of excess oil

1 TBSP nutritional yeast (optional)

1 clove of garlic (or more if you are a garlic lover)

Process all ingredients in a food processor! – You will probably have to scrape down the sidesa few times to get everything processed!   Yum that’s it!!  Add more liquid as required – this made a fairly thick pesto!

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Now what to do with it you ask?

  • I roasted a bunch of my favourite veggies, and tossed it with them and some pasta and topped with chicken.
  • As a base for pizza instead of tomatoes sauce
  • Spread for sandwiches
  • Dip for crackers/veggies
  • Spread on burgers
  • Spread on chicken/fish/tofu
  • Thinned out and used as a salad dressing
  • Coating for kale chips (mmmmmm must try this!)
  • Inside a lettuce or rice wrap

Now that summer is here, I’m hoping to do more cooking and start getting recipes out to you guys! I’ve had TONS of emails (thank you) encouraging me to get back into blogging, I’m so sorry for my absence – I lost my blogging mojo a bit – but hopefully I’ll be back soon!

 

Any recipe requests out there?  Also, any great ideas for Arugula?  I was gifted a big bag of garden fresh stuff, but haven’t used it much!?   Thank you!! 

 

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Much love,

Jessica

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Curried Millet with Greens

Happy first day of summer!  I don’t know where you guys all live, but here – the weather is sub par to normal “Summer” weather!   I had a few hours off yesterday and was feeling cold to the bone – I wanted something creamy, filling, thick and with a spicy kick!

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Drool….

Curried Millet w/Greens

1 tsp. oil

1 onion diced

1 clove garlic minced ( more if you love garlic flavour)

3 TBSP curry (I used mild spiced curry)

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1 cup millet

1 red pepper sliced into short strips

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2 cups chopped cauliflower

2 cups chicken broth

1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas

1 can full fat coconut milk

3 TBSP  (or to taste) fish sauce (sub 1.5 tsp. soy sauce for vegan)

1 TBSP sugar (or to taste)

5 cups packed greens!

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DIRECTIONS

  • Sauté onion & garlic in oil
  • Add in curry powder and millet (I find toasting the curry powder and millet adds to the flavour).
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients (except greens)
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  • Simmer on medium low for 30 – 40 mins or until millet has softened
  • Taste – you may need to add in more fish sauce and or sugar – depending on your taste buds
  • Final step – add in greens just before serving!

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NOTES

  • You may need to add extra water/broth  - depending on how thick you would like it.  It thickened up overnight!  
  • I say add fish sauce and sugar to taste because everyone likes their flavours different – I am a huge fan of the salty – so it may be too salty for other’s taste buds!!
  • All curries taste different and have different spice levels – so be sure to do lots of taste testing!

 

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!  I know I’m looking forward to the left overs!

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