Arugula Basil Pesto

Basil-Arugula PestoThis pesto is a fresh take on the Italian classic. A beautiful, bright green, this pesto is zesty, fierce, peppery and not for the faint of heart. While keeping the tradition of the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil and garlic, I decided to add some more bitter and bold arugula to give it some pop.

The key to excellent pesto is excellent ingredients. As simple as that. So when you’re out shopping for ingredients try to look for good quality extra-virgin olive oil, artisan cheese and most of all, fresh greens. The freshness is what gives the light, earthy taste with all the vibrant green color. I would recommend this sauce on a dish paired with something a little sweeter to balance out the bitterness of the arugula. May I suggest some pasta with this palate-teasing pesto and some sweet, ripe tomatoes to counterbalance.  Plus green pesto with bright, red tomatoes look absolutely beautiful!P1030266

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Lentil Bruschetta Dip

Lentil Bruschetta DipI’ll start by saying this is probably one of the easiest and tastiest dips I’ve ever had. To be honest, I eat it as a side dish all the time too. It has a sweet tomato flavor from the bruschetta with a satisfying crunch from the chunks of tomato. And the feta adds little bites of creamy saltiness while the basil adds freshness to the dish. And lentils: Hello, protien!(magic to a vegetarian’s ears) Another great thing, you can get all the ingredients at your local Trader Joe’s. Continue reading