Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

As you might have seen from my last post, I am up to my ears in fresh herbs (which is such a good thing)! I have been making this Homemade Pesto recipe lately on a weekly basis to go over pasta, served alongside grilled chicken or shrimp or as a topping to fresh salmon. This recipe is so easy to make—my fifteen year-old, Zachary made this batch for me. Toss fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and a touch of a fresh lemon juice in a blender or food processor. It’s that easy!

Similar to cilantro, basil if filled with many health benefits including helping to rid of acne, help replenish iron and more. Basil is a good source of vitamin A and can help with cardiovascular health. Basil is also an anti-inflammatory food so it can also help individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions. Try this recipe and enjoy fresh basil all summer long.

Peach Watercress Salad

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Peppery and tangy, watercress is a storehouse of many natural phytonutrients that have health and disease prevention properties. Try it in this Peach Watercress Salad with fresh peaches, toasted pine nuts, avocado and blue cheese. Enjoy it for a side dish or lunch with grilled chicken or shrimp. Here are some of my favorite health benefits of watercress:

  • Watercress is a super low-calorie green leafy vegetables (only 11 calories). It is antioxidant rich, and it is often recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs
  • It is also high in B-complex group of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid that are essential for optimum cellular metabolic functions.
  • Watercress is an abundant source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are said to be beneficial for the eyes and the heart.

Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts

For National Pasta month, how about this Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts? This simple pasta recipe is quick and easy to whip up, and the combination of ingredients makes it a heartwarming and flavorful meal that is sure to be a dinner favorite in your house. Did you know it’s actually suggested that eating two tablespoons of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to monounsaturated fat. Enjoy on a busy weekday or for weekend entertaining. It’s so easy!

 

Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hand-selected, harvested olives processed in Spain.  The Spanish olives used are extracted using a “first cold press” process, which provides the rich aroma and flavor quality – ideal for using on salads, pasta, fish, meat dishes and marinades. Available at select retailers including Walmart. 

Gluten-Free Main Dish: Balsamic Chicken with Pine Nuts

I am so excited about sharing this simple, healthy main dish. In under 30 minutes, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken Cutlets makes a great healthy weeknight or weekend entree. This recipe is perfect if you’re following a gluten-free, Paleo or low carb diet. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and iron, and they add great flavor and crunch to this easy recipe.

Oh This Salad so Good! Spinach-Turkey Salad

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This salad is so simple and so delicious! The combination of fresh spinach, basil, chopped pine nuts, turkey and Parmesan create an incredible healthy, fresh, main-dish salad. I served this salad for dinner, and it disappeared faster than I could blink. Serve it with your favorite vinaigrette or just a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil. It has so many great flavors already, so it doesn’t need a lot of dressing. Welcome in spring with clean eating and this fresh salad.