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Fresh Pesto Sauce

6 Sep

Ingredients: Basil, garlic, baby spinach, olive oil, water, lemon juice, sea salt, honey, and pepper.

This is SO simple to make! And it can be used to make so many yummy dishes. It also freezes really well so it can be made fresh when basil is in season and then enjoyed throughout the fall and winter.

Start with a blender or food processor. Pour in about a quarter cup olive oil and a quarter cup water. Then add about three big handfuls fresh basil leaves, six peeled garlic cloves, a handful of baby spinach leaves, and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Start with short pulses to chop and then puree. You may need to drizzle a bit more olive oil in if it’s too thick. You’re looking for it to be a little thinner than applesauce and to be pourable. Lastly, season to taste with sea salt, fresh ground peppercorns, and honey or your sweetener of choice!

This can be used over pasta, in salads, on bread, as pizza sauce, or as a simmering sauce with chicken, fish or ground beef.

Experiment: Try adding other herbs like oregano, thyme, or parsley in small amounts for a different flavor. Add some white wine, balsamic vinegar, or red wine vinegar in place of lemon for added zest. Blend in roasted sweet peppers, stewed tomato, or caramelized onion. Try roasting the garlic before adding it in. Adding roasted garlic will take more time but the flavor it creates is worth the added effort.


Savory Cilantro Sauce

2 Aug

Ingredients: Cilantro, jalapeño, lime, olive oil, onion, garlic, sugar, sea salt, avocado, and water.

Note: This recipe makes a lot.  (We’re a family of seven and we like “green sauce” on almost everything!) So you may consider halving or quartering this recipe.  The picture above shows about a fourth of what this recipe will make.

Either a standard blender or food processor work really well for making this sauce nice and smooth.

First, I put three jalapeños in my blender. (I remove the majority of the seeds from them but leave some so it has some kick.) Then I add two big bunches of well-washed cilantro, the juice from 2 1/2 limes, 3/4 cup of olive oil, six cloves of garlic, half an onion, half a tablespoon of sugar, about one tablespoon of sea salt, 2/3 cup of water, and one avocado. I let it blend until it’s the consistency of a smoothie. Then I give it a taste to see if it needs more salt or lime juice.

This sauce is SO versatile! It’s great with tortilla chips or served along side any Mexican dish. It also pairs well with Asian dishes. I like it over fried rice to add a bit of spice. It’s delicious over grilled chicken or with fish. I’ve also mixed it with a bit of mayonnaise and buttermilk for a salad dressing. I’ve even had it over certain egg dishes for breakfast!

Experiment: Try adding more garlic cloves, if you’re a big garlic fan. Or, if you like really spicy stuff, add more of the jalapeño seeds. Green chilies could also be used to add a different twist.