It’s early November, the leaves are turning, gardens are fading, but my Kale is still growing strong. I’m not a huge fan of Kale, I am however a big fan of health and nutrition. It’s no secret that Kale is good for you, being rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. That made me even more determined to fall in love with kale. This week that was my mission, to come up with easy and tasty ways of incorporating kale into my everyday meals. I’ve already made fun-to-eat, crunchy Kale Chips, but I needed to explore more possibilities, thus sparked an idea to make simple Kale Walnut Pesto, and 9 delicious uses.
Kale & Walnut Pesto – To make the pesto, place 5 kale leaves, stalks removed and roughly torn into a food processor, add 1/4 cup of walnuts, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1-2 cloves of garlic, and freshly ground salt and pepper to taste if desired. Blend until ingredients form a fine pesto. Store the Kale Walnut Pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or freeze in ice-cube tray for up to 2 weeks. TIP: For a more subtle garlic taste and more pronounced kale taste, use 1 clove instead of 2.
9 Appetizing Dishes Using Kale Walnut Pesto
1. Kale Pesto Bruschetta – Dice 2 or 3 tomatoes and place in a bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of Kale and Walnut Pesto, crumbled goat or feta cheese, drizzle with additional extra virgin olive oil and stir to combine. Spoon onto sliced Italian bread and serve. A delicious appetizer for a casual get-together with friends and family.
2. Gluten Free Crostini with Spreadable Goat Cheese and Kale Walnut Pesto – Spread soft goat cheese on each piece of your favourite gluten-free crostini, followed by a little of the Kale Walnut Pesto, garnish with chopped pieces of fresh radish.
3. Kale Walnut Pesto Hummus – Simply mix a tablespoon of the Kale Walnut Pesto in 1 package of your favourite hummus (or make your own) and serve with veggies as a dip, or some gluten-free crostini.
4. Tuna salad with Kale Walnut Pesto – Mix 1 can of tuna (water drained) with 1 tbsp of light mayo and 1 tbsp of Kale Walnut Pesto. Serve with Quinoa bread with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds for a little crunch.
5. Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta – Boil 1.5 cup of your favourite pasta according to the package instructions, reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water. Drain and toss into the pot with a couple of tablespoons of Kale Walnut Pesto. Add 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water, and additional olive oil if desired, stir to combine. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish for roasted chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Makes 2 serving.
6. Tomato Soup with Kale Walnut Pesto – Add a teaspoon or 2 to your favourite soup such as tomato, minestrone or vegetable when serving, it adds great flavour and nutritional value.
7. Roasted Cauliflower with Kale Walnut Pesto – Cut the cauliflower into small florets, drizzle with light olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a tinfoil lined baking sheet. Roast for about 35 minutes in a pre-heated 385°F oven. Once done, remove from baking sheet into a bowl, toss with a tablespoon or 2 of the Kale Walnut Pesto. Enjoy.
8. Roasted Sweet Potato with Kale & Walnut Pesto – Cut the sweet potato into small cubes, drizzle with light olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a tinfoil lined baking sheet. Roast for about 35 minutes in a pre-heated 385°F oven. Once done, remove from baking sheet into a bowl, toss with a tablespoon or 2 of the Kale & Walnut Pesto. Serve as a side dish with chicken or fish.
9. Kale Walnut Pesto Chicken – This pesto is a great rub for your organic chicken breast. Just rub a tablespoon of the Kale Walnut Pesto on the chicken breast, sprinkle with paprika, drizzle with a little bit of light olive oil (pesto will be too brown otherwise and may burn), bake in the oven at about 385°F for about 20 minutes, or until inside is no longer pink. Serve with a simple salad and some roasted sweet potato shown above. Also great with fish such as tilapia or salmon with a much shorter cooking time.
The above are just a few of the infinite uses for this simple Kale Walnut Pesto. So go ahead, put your thinking cap on and experiment in the kitchen and please share your favourite suggestions in the comments below. Enjoy.
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