January 13, 2015

Kale pesto pasta

Pesto is super easy to make AND is super delicious!

I was asked to cater a company function a few days ago and
decided to have one of the trays of food to be a pasta salad.

Pasta salad sometimes can be boring or the same old thing.
A very easy way to change it up a little bit is to make the
sauce  a pesto sauce.   It's not only is is visually pretty
but it's also healthy and yummy!

I took a small pot and filled half of the pot with water and while 
the water was heating up- I took the Kale- rinsed it and gave a 
rough chop so that the pieces of Kale were not so massive.  
Kale is really hearty and tough so I recommend taking 
the stems out.  Once the water comes to a boil- turn the stove off 
and add your Kale.  Place a lid on the pot so that all the heat 
stays in and it allows the Kale stay in the hot water.  
In the meantime you also want to boil the noodles or pasta of 
your choice (I used campanelle)  and saute the veggies of 
your choice in a little bit of olive oil, garlic 
(freshly minced or garlic powder is good) 
Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to your liking.  

To make the Kale pesto- strain the water and add your Kale 
to a food processor or  blender if you don't have a food processor.  
Add 2 TBSP of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic and or 
any other herb/seasonings.

Add the pesto to the hot, already cooked pasta and stir in together.
Once the pesto is mixed well to the pasta- you can add your 
sauteed veggies and stir those all together as well.

This can be served as a hot pasta or a chilled pasta salad.

Zestfully Let's Cultivate Food

December 17, 2014

Grilled Cheese with Sauteed Mushrooms & Kale Pesto

Grilled cheese sandwiches are great to eat when.....
EVER.   That's right- whenever.  On a weekday or night,
on a weekend, on a rainy day, or a sunny day.
They are  great!

To add a teeny bit of flair to my grilled  cheese-
I added some sauteed mushrooms and some bright green
kale pesto. You know, to make it a little healthier and prettier.
To make kale pesto or any type of pesto for that matter,
all you have to do is give the veggie a rough chop and add it
to a food processor or blender with a splash of water and
a heavy drizzle of some olive oil. You can add other
herbs and seasonings to your liking or depending on what
type of cuisine you are making it for. Some veggies are
a little hardier than others like carrots, cabbage & kale
just to name a few. Because kale is a a little thick and tougher
I recommend blanching it first. Boil some water-
as soon as the water starts to boil- turn your stove off
and add your roughly chopped kale into the hot water.
Stir it around so that all the pieces of kale get their fair
share in the hot tub of boiling hot water.
After about 5-7 minutes- strain the water and add the kale to
the blender or food processor with olive oil and a sprinkle
of salt & pepper for tasting.

Toast your bread right on the stove with a little butter
for the best texture.  As the bread is toasting on a low heat-
Add a slice of cheese and smear your kale pesto and add your
already sauteed mushrooms. Next, you want to add whichever
cheese 'melts' your heart.  'Cheesy'! right!?!
Lastly, add your other piece of bread on top and carefully flip
the whole sandwich over so that the other side
of your grilled cheese gets toasty as well.

Zestfully Let's Cultivate Food