What To Do With Your Herbs- Part 4-Pesto

Creamy Italian Pesto

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My herbs are growing like crazy that I can barely keep up with them! My tomato plant is massive, yet I haven’t actually gotten a tomato to eat! I have this mama squirrel that has an obsession with my deck/apartment. She has tried on more than one occasion to get inside. I haven’t seen her as much since I got Henley but while at work yesterday, mama squirrel got into the tomato plant and destroyed most of the tomatoes. Revenge I believe :/

At least I have my basil which was growing out of C.O.N.T.R.O.L.!!! So what’s an Italian girl to do??? Make pesto!

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What You Need: 

•4 cups of basil

•1/2-1 cup of olive oil

•1/3 cup of pine nuts

•1/2 cup Parma cheese

•3-4 cloves of garlic

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What To Do:  

•Put all your ingredients in a food processor or blender (food processor works better but I’ve done the wooden spoon trick in the blender many times).

•Blend together until smooth by adding 1/4 cup of olive oil at a time.

•I like to combine my pesto with pasta or over chicken! Xoxo

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Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

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Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

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What You Need:

• Free Range, Organic Chicken

•Greek Spice Mixture

•Fresh Lemon Juice

•Olive Oil

•Greek Yogurt

•Cucumber

• 2 Large Garic Cloves, minced

•Salt and Pepper

What To Do:

1. Prepare the chicken to marinate for two hours (at least). In a ziplock baggie (gallon), throw in your chicken, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a dash of salt, and the Greek spices.

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2. Wash and shred your cucumber. Place them between paper towels to get out the extra moisture out. Let that sit for an hour.

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3. Make your Tzatziki Sauce. In a large bowl, combine a container of Greek yogurt, juice from half of a lemon, cucumbers, garlic, and salt to taste.

4. Let the Tzatziki Sauce chill in the fridge until it is time to eat.

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5. Grill your chicken and eat with the Tzatziki Sauce!

Enjoy xoxo2588CD42-1C5E-47BC-94A2-349FFD4B9322

Vegan Pasta with Butternut Squash “Cheese”

Vegan Pasta with Butternut Squash “Cheese”

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So this delicious recipe was actually a mistake. I wanted to make cubed butternut squash, roasted in the oven but it was way too hot in my apartment to turn the oven on. So in skillet, I added the butternut squash with vegan butter. The butternut squash did not hold its shape but instead it started to become mushy. I went with it and added in some frozen broccoli. After tossing it in the pasta, it had a very similar texture to macaroni and cheese. So it felt like I was eating mac n cheese but really was eating butternut squash. This recipe is a must try!

 

What You Need:

Cubed, Butternut Squash

1/2 stick of Vegan Butter

Salt

Pepper

1 Tablespoon Dried, Crushed Garlic (can use less but I really enjoy it)

1 Teaspoon Dried Ginger

1/2 cup of Soy Milk

Lentil Pasta (you can use any kind you like)

What To Do:

In a skillet pan, add 1/2 the amount of vegan butter in to melt. Place in butternut squash and season with salt and pepper. Place a cover on top and stir every so often. Add in other seasonings. When the squash gets soft, it will start to fall apart. Continue to mash it until it is completely cooked. Add in 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli and cook until soft. Toss with pasta and serve warm.

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Enjoy xoxo!

Buffalo Garlic Hot Wings

Buffalo Garlic Hot Wings

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I finally unpacked enough kitchen stuff and used my oven for the first time! So what to cook???? Hmm…. well
hot wings are my favorite!!! Except that when you order them at a restaurant, often times they are rolled in flour first. These are my version of gluten free baked not rolled in flour and fried, wings.

What You Need:

Chicken Wings

Salt and Pepper

Crushed, dried Garlic

Hot Sauce (I like Franks Red Hot Sauce)

Honey

Cornstarch

What To Do:

Salt and pepper chicken wings and put on a cookie sheet. Cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, turn them over and cook for about 20 more. They should be crispy looking on the outside when they are done.
For the sauce, any type of gluten free hot sauce. Everyone has their preference! I like to add a squeeze of honey and 1 tbsp of the crushed, dried garlic. If you like a thicker sauce, add a little bit of cornstarch (1/2 tsp) to the hot sauce (1/2-3/4 c)  Cook on low. When the wings are done, mix them with the sauce. Grab your favorite gluten free dressing and enjoy!

 

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Sea Scallops

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Sea Scallops

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I love, love, love seafood! Thankfully, it is not something that I am allergic to. One of the best parts about living downtown on the water is that there is a surplus of fresh seafood that is harvested locally. I will walk to one of the many seafood shops and get whatever I am in the mood for that day.

 

Scallops are one of my favorite types of seafood. Scallops are a great source of protein, packing in over 80 percent. They are also high in magnesium and potassium. Potassium is crucial to the health of our bodies. It boosts the nervous system, prevents muscle cramps, and improves bone health and muscle growth. Potassium also reduces anxiety and stress!

 

What You Need:

Scallops

1/2 Lemon

Olive Oil

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Flakes

What To Do:

Season the sea scallops with salt, pepper and garlic flakes. In a preheated, hot pan, drizzle a bit of olive oil. Carefully add in sea scallops and leave them! You want them to get a nice crust on them and if you keep touching them, they will start to fall apart. You want to cook the scallops for 1-½ minutes per side. When the scallops are cooked, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and enjoy!

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Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower

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I love anything that is made with buffalo sauce, especially chicken wings. I’ve heard that people have used cauliflower instead of chicken to lighten up the recipe. This recipe is simple to make and equally as delicious!

What You Need:

1 Head of Cauliflower, chopped

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Buffalo Sauce

What To Do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on a cookie sheet. Toss the cauliflower in the oil with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkle of bread crumbs, (I used about 1/4 of a cup). Cook for about 40-50 minutes, flipping once, until the cauliflower is soft.

In a sauce pan, heat up the buffalo sauce and add the cauliflower in. Mix until all the cauliflower is covered in sauce. I love hot sauce so I used more but start with 1/4 cup and add more until you get the desired taste you want. If the buffalo sauce is too spicy for you, add in some local honey before you add get cauliflower. Enjoy!!

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Creamy Vegan Avocado Basil Gluten Free Pasta

Creamy Vegan Avocado Basil Gluten Free Pasta

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What a mouthful haha but this creamy vegan pasta is amazing! You have just the right amount of healthy fats without all the bad junk. With a hint of lemon and a kick of crushed red pepper, you can’t go wrong.

What You Need: 

2 Ripe Avocados

1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves

2 Whole Garlic Cloves, peeled

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/3 cup Olive Oil

1/3-1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Broccoli, florets (2 small heads)

10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half

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What To Do:

In a pasta pot, boil water and cook gluten free pasta.

In a skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil with the broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Cook until it is soft but still a little crunchy.

In a food processor (or blender), add the avocados, basil, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, coconut milk, and spices. Blend until all the ingredients are smooth and silky.

In the skillet pan, add the broccoli, pasta, and sauce. Heat until all the ingredients are warm and incorporated together. Top with the sliced cherry tomatoes.

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Enjoy xoxo