All hail king kale! This super-veg truly is the dark leafy green king that it’s all hyped up to be. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods (which means it’s packed with nutrition and has very few calories) and comes loaded with vitamins A, K, C and folate (one of the B vitamins crucial for brain development). Oh and it’s also got a good amount of protein and fiber. And the best part?- It’s Maltese Kale from a dear friend’s farm in Zebbug! 🙂
The nutrition in pine nuts help boost your energy and these teeny flavorful nuts are known as an anti-aging antioxidant and can reduce the risk of heart disease. I could go on…but let’s get straight to the recipe!
Pesto is real easy to make and the best part is that you can store it in the fridge for a good 2 weeks and use it in whichever way you prefer. When I first made this, my family and I ate it as a ‘sauce’ with courgetti noodles and some veggies in it. On another day I fried a piece of chicken in the pesto and ate that with a salad, and as you can see in the pictures…I love it as a spread on bread! If you are not a massive garlic fan…then put a little less spread on the bread..as since it’s raw…you’ll have some seeeerious garlic breath! haha
P.S: will be posting the recipe to my awesome healthy bread soon- so stay tuned 🙂
Ingredients for the kale pesto:
Makes about 2 small jars…which is approx. 12 servings
80 grams pine nuts (toasted)
30 grams walnuts (if you don’t want to add this…just stick to pine nuts)
2 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
approx. 80ml extra virgin olive oil (use the good stuff)
85 grams kale (that’s minus the chunky ‘spine’)
juice of 1 lemon
85 grams parmesan
Pretty straight forward, blend everything together and serve it. If you’re making it the traditional way; with spaghetti, then heat up the pesto a little before folding the spaghetti into it.
Tip: if you’re using a nutribullet to blend…do this bit by bit…as you will have to tap the bullet container a little aggressively in between blending so that it blobs back down to the blade. So just a teeny bit of patience required…but didn’t take me longer than 5mins 🙂
Hope you enjoy it and leave us a comment with any alterations you’ve done or how you ate it 🙂