Super Kale Pesto

Hey there! I know it's been a while but between school, practice, homework, meets, and remembering to breathe, blogging has been pretty hard lately! I'm so sorry and I promise I'll be back as often as possible! It's a busy time of year for everyone so I hope you're all doing well! I've got tons of fun stuff coming up this fall and I'm super excited to share! 

First up is pesto. There's an abundance of kale taking over our garden at the moment, and I don't want even one leaf to go to waste. Kale is seriously powerful stuff. Let's take a look at the stats shalllllll we? 

Just one cup has more than a days worth of vitamins C and A! It also has lots of magnesium, iron, and vitamin B-6, and it's low in calories. Basically it's a superhero. The Kale-inator?

Moving on.

After I decided to make pesto, I realized we didn't have any cheese...so I tried it without and it turned out great! That means that this recipe is also vegan, but I decided to leave that out of the title because "Super Vegan Kale Pesto" might send even the bravest rabbit-eaters running. Don't be scared! I promise it's delicious. If you really can't stand kale though, I'm sure spinach, basil, or a mix of other greens would work too.

This pesto goes great with pasta of course, but it would also be great with eggs, toast, roasted veggies, rice, you name it! 

Super Kale Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 large handfuls kale leaves; washed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic; peeled
  • zest and juice of one lemon (microwave for 15-20 seconds before juicing. I do 17 because I'm weird like that)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, depending on how thin you like your pesto

Combine kale, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor and pulse until the kale is finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually pour the olive oil through the spout until the pesto is the consistency you want. Taste and adjust seasonings.

 

P.S. if you have no idea how to use this pesto, stay tuned for tomorrow's recipe! ;)

P.P.S see those crackers there? They're called endurance crackers and they're amazing. My new favorite school snack for sure. If you're interested in the recipe, just let me know in the comments!