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Spinach and Almond Pesto over Rotini
½ pound rotini pasta or cavatelli – will be cooked and brought ahead of time
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 anchovy (optional)
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of red pepper flakes
5 cups baby spinach
1 cup basil leaves
½ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
1⁄3 cup finely grated Parmesan
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black paper to taste
Pulse the almonds, anchovy, garlic, red pepper flakes, spinach, basil, parsley, parmesan, lemon juice and zest in a food processor. With the processor running, add in olive oil and continue blending until mixture is smooth.
Heirloom Tomato, Cantaloupe, and Feta Salad
½ cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons avocado oil
1½ tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 cups diced (2-inch cubes) cantaloupe
2 heirloom tomatoes, diced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
10 basil leaves, torn into coarse pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients into a bowl, mix and serve. Tomato and Cantaloupe will be diced beforehand and all ingredients will be measured out into small bowls. This is just a dump and mix recipe. Very quick.
Tip: Feel free to replace the feta with goat cheese and if you don’t have avocado oil, olive oil works just as well.