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Creamy Paleo Avocado Pesto

avocado pesto Avocado pesto blends the both of avocados and well, pesto in a really tasty and creamy combination. Serving suggestions: mix into zucchini noodles, use as a dip for veggies or spread over eggs.

Prep time: 10 min     Cook time:  0 min     Makes: ~2.5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled
  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, depending on your preference
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (or a mixture of pine nuts and pistachios)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ~1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil

DSC_0826 Directions:

  1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients except the olive oil. 
  2. While the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Add less if you like a thicker pesto and more if you want it thinner.

Lemony Herb Sauce

Lemony Herb Sauce  Stupid Easy Paleo This sauce got invented to accompany some awesome beef & lamb kofta (meat on a stick) that I made recently. All I can tell you is to hold onto your hat because it packs a wallop of flavor…the brightness of the lemon, the freshness of the herbs and a bit of texture from the pistachios are perfect. I’m typing this and my mouth is literally watering just thinking about it.

It’s versatile enough to drizzle over really any kind of meat or fish and even fresh veggies. YUM!

Prep time: 5-10 min     Cook time: 0 min    Makes: ~3/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Chop the parsley, mint and pistachios. Combine in a small bowl with the sea salt.
  2. Squeeze the juice from one lemon (~1/4 cup) into the bowl, being careful to catch the seeds. I squeeze the lemon into my cupped hand, letting the juice strain through my fingers.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk at the same time.
  4. Serve with meat or veggies of your choice. Will keep refrigerated for 1-2 days but is best used fresh because of the herbs.

Garlic Pistachio Broccoli Rabe

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Before we dive into this recipe, let’s learn a little bit about this misunderstood vegetable: broccoli rabe (pronounced like “rob”) isn’t actually broccoli at all! Rather, it’s closely related to mustard greens. It’s also commonly called rapini in Italian cuisine. So confusing, right? I saw broccoli rabe hiding among the other greens in the organic section of the market and couldn’t resist the urge to try something new. My curiosity was rewarded because it was damn tasty!

This unassuming veggie can be bitter but when blanched – boiled quickly and then plunged into icy cold water – the unappealing bitterness is removed. If you can’t find broccoli rabe, or if you’re just too chicken to try something new, you can substitute it with virtually any dark leafy green like swiss chard, mustard greens or spinach (no need to blanch those options).

Prep time: 5 min     Cook time: 10 min    Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch (about 1 lb. / 500 g) of broccoli rabe (rapini)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
  • 2 Tbsp dried currants
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (or water)
  • Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Set up a large bowl filled with ice water.
  2. While the water comes to a boil, trim the ends off the broccoli rabe and chop into wide strips, mince the garlic and chop the pistachios.
  3. Blanch the broccoli rabe in boiling water for 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to the ice water and allow to cool for a few minutes. Drain.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add a glug of olive oil. Saute the garlic, pistachios, currants and red pepper flakes for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the drained broccoli rabe and chicken stock, cooking for 3-4 more minutes or until the stems are tender. Adjust the seasoning with sea salt if necessary.