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Pesto Sauce with a Twist

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I have wanted to share this recipe with you all for a while now. Two things happened that provoked me to finally share it. First off the basil in my garden is ready to rock. And secondly I was stoked to find organic, gluten-free penne pasta at Costco. The brand they carry at my Costco is truRoots and check out this ingredient list: brown rice flour, corn flour, quinoa flour, and amaranth flour. All organic! I have been missing pasta soooo much since going gluten free several months ago. Discovering this package of penne pasta at Costco made me giddy! And I wanted to enjoy them in various special ways…not just with a traditional marinara sauce. Pesto sauce is a fun alternative to marinara…plus you can make it in mere minutes!

Most of you know I adore kale and am always looking for new, interesting way to prepare it (however a simple raw kale salad remains my favorite way to enjoy kale!). This pesto sauce uses kale in it! And no pine nuts. Don’t get me wrong…I love pine nuts. Love them! But man, those little dudes are pricey! Plus they are not really a staple in our diet so it is hit or miss if I will actually have them on hand when I crave pesto. However the ingredients in this Pesto Sauce with a Twist are almost always readily available in my kitchen/garden. 🙂


1/2 cup walnuts

1 – 2 cloves garlic

1 large bunch of kale, de-stemmed

generous handful of fresh basil leaves

3/4 cups olive oil

juice from 1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

salt and pepper to taste

1 + tablespoons of water (if needed to thin out sauce)


Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until desired constistancy. Add water as needed.



When your family grows…

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

There has been a steady stream of new babies in my life the past few months. I have truly loved the opportunity to hold all these squishy, sweet-smelling newborns. Talk about baby fever!! Watching friends’ families grow has made me reflect back on my own transition from one to two to three kids. Each transition came with its own set of joys and challenges.

I know I was especially nervous near the end of my second pregnancy about caring for the needs of three small children. As excited as I was to be welcoming a new family member, I was also worried about how it would feel to be outnumbered all day, every day. I expressed this concern to a friend who had recently welcome baby #3 into her life. Her reply (as usual) was spot-on.

She didn’t say impractical things like “rest when the baby rests” (which is not really an option when you have other young children) or generic affirmations sch as “you’ll be just fine”.  Without hesitation she said “Food is a big deal”.  At first I thought she meant for myself…making sure I was well fed since breastfeeding makes me crazy hungry. However she was actually referring to food for my kids. She suggested to make preparations for my other two boys (ages 2 and 4 when baby #3 arrived) to be able to access snacks on their own throughout the day. This was a very concrete suggestion that seemed easy enough to execute.

Trusting her wisdom, I went to Costco and dropped a large amount of moolah on bulk-sized quantities of some of our favorite snacks as well as a large box of snack-sized plastic baggies. Normally I am not a fan of plastic baggies (I have several Planet-Wise snack bags that get lots of lovin’) but decided to make an exception during this transitional time. I also made a large batch of trail mix and popcorn.

Near the end of my pregnancy I spent a good chunk of an afternoon scooping snack sized portions of the various snacks into baggies. I tend to save the 1lb plastic spinach containers from Costco and these were the perfect storage containers for all the snack baggies. I put three of them full of snacks on a low shelf in the pantry and viola! My kids could easily grab a snack from the pantry for themselves throughout the day.

This turned out to be one of the best postpartum preparations for us. My boys loved getting their own snacks and more importantly it freed me up to focus on nursing baby during those early weeks when breastfeeding is established. I am forever thankful for my friend’s suggestion as it helped make that special time go relatively smoothly for our family. 🙂

What helped you transition into your growing family? Would love to hear tips from readers like YOU!


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