Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles & Warm Tomatoes

The Recipe: Simple, simple, simple summer food, just salmon cooked on a bed of pesto-tossed zucchini noodles.

The Story: How a doe feeding in a traffic circle near Whole Foods helped me re-think summer food.

Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles & Warm Tomatoes, another Quick Supper ♥ KitchenParade.com. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. WW9.
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True Story.

When I stopped at Whole Foods the other day for salmon (on sale for $9.99, total win), a single deer was knee-deep in landscaping in the island inside the traffic circle nearby.

Deer are common in our neighborhood. Still, this pretty little doe was surprisingly unconcerned about the cars circling around her. A few drivers, me included, stopped to watch.

But this girl, she was intent! Why?

She was gorging on day lilies!

One by one, she chomped on the yellow blossoms. Day lily flowers were a real find for a young doe. You see, around here, we usually plant only "deer resistant" plants in places accessible to deer.

And isn't summer like that? Finding something so sweet, so tasty, it "stops the traffic" in your head? Blueberries do it for me, so do peaches when they're good.

And our garden is just beginning to produce, late, we think because of Missouri's wettest June on record.

But when the tomatoes are still warm from the sun, the okra and tomatillos are so pretty and perfect, yeah, I'll be the doe in the traffic circle, happy in her summer find.

ALANNA's TIPS No spiralizer? Dice the zucchini very fine, they make take a little longer to cook, I might give them five minutes in the oven on their own before adding the salmon and tomato. I love my serrated Tomato Knife! For tomatoes, yes, but also for all soft fruits, small baguettes. It's totally handy! I went back 'n' forth, putting pesto on the tomatoes before or after time in the oven. Either way? Excellent.

QUICK SUPPER:
SALMON with PESTO ZUCCHINI NOODLES & WARM TOMATOES

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Serves one or two or easily plenty more

Set oven to 400F/200C. If you're making homemade pesto, make it now.

ZUCCHINI Allow 1 medium zucchini (about 5 ounces) per serving. Use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodles. Toss noodles with 1 - 2 tablespoons pesto per zucchini. Spread zucchini noodles about an inch thick in a shallow baking dish.

TOMATOES Slice tomatoes and arrange on the zucchini noodles, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with a little pesto.

SALMON Cut salmon into serving sizes and arrange on the zucchini noodles, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

BAKE Bake salmon until a digital thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the salmon reaches 145F/65C, about 10 minutes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving, assumes 4 ounces salmon and 2 tablespoons pesto total: 354 Calories; 24g Tot Fat; 4g Sat Fat; 58mg Cholesterol; 192mg Sodium; 8g Carb; 3g Fiber; 3g Sugar; 26g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 8.5 & WW Points Plus 9.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Follow Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

Sensational for Summer!


Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles & Warm Tomatoes, another Quick Supper ♥ KitchenParade.com. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. WW9.

Aren't the zucchini noodles pretty?! In fact, the combination of Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Warm Tomatoes (without the salmon) would make a quick and easy side dish. So good! For anyone who's crazy for spiral-cut vegetables, be sure to check out my growing collection of "spiralized" vegetable recipes.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Homemade Fresh Basil Pesto Without Cheese

The Recipe: How to make basil pesto at home. My simple pesto recipe calls for just five ingredients and two easy-to-remember techniques to prevent the problems that we some times encounter with homemade pesto, bitterness and muddiness.

My pesto recipe is made without cheese, that means that sweet, fresh basil flavor really lets loose.

Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real.

Homemade Basil Pesto ♥  KitchenParade.com, cheese-free, lets sweet basil flavor really shine. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. WW3.
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So these are my two simple tips for making basil pesto at home.

AVOID BITTERNESS To avoid the bitterness that can ruin pesto, I start off the pesto in the food processor but then finish it by hand, just a quick stir, really. Why finish the pesto by hand? Because there's a chemical reaction between good olive oil and the "heat" of the food processor's blades.

And no, I didn't figure that out myself, America's Test Kitchen did – although I do "dream" about ATK ideas, thanks to falling asleep listening to the weekly podcast. (Modern Life: some times I must listen to the same podcast five or six times to get all the way through!) If you like, listen online, just click the "radio" button near the top of the home page.

AVOID MUDDINESS This one may be more controversial because, yeah, I suppose, pesto isn't really pesto unless it contains some cheese, usually freshly grated Parmesan. But to my taste, cheese muddies basil's quintessential summer freshness and fragrance. Without cheese, the basil in Homemade Basil Pesto stays right out in front, unveiled by dusky dairy.

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HOMEMADE BASIL PESTO WITHOUT CHEESE

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Makes about 3/4 cup
    JUST FIVE INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups packed (60g) sweet basil
  • 1/4 cup (30g) toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil

FOOD PROCESSOR:

In a food processor, process the garlic and salt until garlic is finely minced, scraping the bowl's side a time or two if needed.

Add the basil and pine nuts, process until both are in tiny still-distinguishable bits but not mushy.

BY HAND:

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the olive oil.

Can be made a day or two ahead of time but is really best when completely fresh. Once refrigerated, return to room temperature before using.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Tablespoon: 97 Calories; 10g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 50mg Sodium; 1g Carb; 0g Fiber; 0g Sugar; 0g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 3 & WW Points Plus 3.

ALANNA's TIPS Our herb pots overflow with basil choices, chocolate, lemon, Thai, etc. But for pesto, I stick with tradition and use only what is often called "sweet basil". It has the sweetest most basil-y flavor and its leaves are more tender. It's not too late to put in a few herbs, see Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again. Put the pots in a sunny spot, they'll thrive through the first frost. No pine nuts? No problem! Use walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, even sunflower seeds!


What To Make with Homemade Basil Pesto


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