Kale Pesto

My four year old ate a bowlful of noodles coated in kale pesto!

If that doesn’t convince you that this is a tasty way to get some raw kale into your diet, then I’m not sure what will. This is my traditional pesto recipe just replaced with kale instead of basil.

I actually love kale. It’s something that I had to talk myself into trying, but now I can’t believe how much I love it! It’s basically a nutritional powerhouse, being one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. However, as much as I may love raw kale in a nice fall salad with dried cranberries and pears, trying to talk Wyatt into eating a kale salad is laughable. Believe me… I’ve tried. He’s been blackmailed into trying small bites of raw kale before in exchange for the promise of dessert. It’s never been worth it. He takes the smallest bite humanly imaginable, shudders while he dramatically chokes it down, and then gets to eat a cookie for his trouble.

The night I made this pesto, I made sure to use a fun-shaped noodle that he hadn’t seen in awhile. I also never used the “k-word”. It was strictly referred to as “green noodles”. Dinnertime with Wyatt has become hit or miss as of late. Some nights he’ll just eat happily, and others (I’m afraid the majority) he needs to be coaxed or hounded into taking every single bite. I have to say that this was one of the easiest dinners (not to mention tastiest) in recent memory!

Please try this and let me know what you think!

Kale Pesto Recipe

Allergy Milk, Tree Nuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Condiment, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 6 cups washed baby kale (most of a 9 oz package)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup chopped marcona almonds (or salted nut of your choice)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Step 1
Even though pesto is a raw sauce, I decided to turn the olive oil into garlic oil. It's a really easy process.

Add the 1/2c olive oil into a small saucepan, and add a tablespoon of minced garlic.
Step 2
If I'd had a fresh head of garlic I would have simply added in about 2 or 3 cloves. We always have a jar of minced in the fridge, so even though it's more to scoop out later, it'll taste just as garlic-y!

Heat over low/medium heat. Usually I say medium/low heat, but you really want to be careful not to scorch the garlic here so make sure it's set to the lower end of things for this. Give it about 10 minutes to really infuse the oil.
Step 3
Expect some bubbles the last couple of minutes, but pull it off the heat early if you think it's about to really boil! After about 10 minutes pull the pan off the heat; allow to completely cool before you add it into your pesto.

Add two overflowing cups of kale into your food processor.
Step 4
I have a mini-prep food processor, which I love, and use for almost everything. Now, however, is definitely the time for your large food processor if you've got two size options.

Look how full my larger processor is with just two cups... I can't imagine how long it would have taken if I'd had to use my mini-prep!
Step 5
Pulse kale about 4 times. Add 2 more cups kale; pulse again. Add the last 2 cups of kale; pulse again.

Here's what 6 cups of pulsed kale looks like, if you'd ever wondered.
Step 6
Add in the chopped nuts, parmesan, and lemon zest.
Step 7
Pulse about 8 times.
Step 8
Add the tablespoon of lemon juice, and pulse about 3 more times.

This smells fantastic by the way!

Now, using a slotted spoon, scoop the garlic out of your cooled oil, and add it into the pesto.
Step 9
Replace the lid of the food processor. Turn it onto the lower setting (mine has 1 or 2... I picked 1) and slowly pour in the garlic infused olive oil.

Unfortunately I'm not skillful enough to pour a steady stream of oil into a running food processor and photograph it... so here's what it looks like after adding the oil and letting the machine run for about 20 seconds.
Step 10
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add salt and pepper to taste. I added 1/2tsp salt and 1/4tsp black pepper.
Step 11
Run the processor one last time for about 10 seconds, and you're left with this beautiful pesto!
Step 12
Of course the obvious use for this is simply tossed with your favorite pasta shape of the moment...
Step 13
but you can really use as you would any other condiment. Brian's already tried it as a sandwich spread and inside burritos!
Step 14
I was thrilled that Wyatt ate up the "green" noodles without a fight, and I hope that everyone in your house is delighted with these healthy dish as well!
Scoop of Blueberry Cobbler

Brian’s Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

When I first moved down to Georgia (well over a decade ago) all I could talk about was ice cream. It didn’t matter where it was from, that was my dessert of choice. Somehow I had never been introduced to the southern staple of cobbler. It took one plate (really one bite) and I was singing a different tune, maybe its because most folks tend to eat ice cream with cobbler.

There is something magical when berries start to break down in the cooking process and their natural sugars start to turn into a syrup. Combine that with more sugar, some batter, I don’t know why anyone would want any other kind of sweet.

Try this blueberry cobbler recipe out and hopefully you’ll never need another one. Keep in mind, this works great for any fruit cobbler, just swap out the blueberries for something else.

Brian’s Blueberry Cobbler

Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
This is by far my favorite cobbler recipe. The best part is that you can substitute any fruit that you like. It even tastes great with fruit combos... if you want to get crazy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar (Loosely Packed)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Self Rising Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk (Whatever kind you have will work)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla (Preferably the good stuff)

Note

For fruits that take longer to break down like peaches you would cook all of the fruit for the full 10 minutes. I like to have some blueberry texture in the finished product, so I add half at the beginning and the other half about 2/3 through the first phase of the recipe. Hope you love it as much as we do!

Directions

The Filling
Step 1
Combine half the fruit 1 cup of the sugars (half of each), water, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan mix well
Step 2
Bring to boil
Step 3
Simmer for 6 minutes
Step 4
Add the other half of the blueberries and continue for 4 minutes
Step 5
Preheat Oven to 350°
Baking
Step 6
Put butter in a deep baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Be sure not to burn the butter
Step 7
Mix remaining 1 cup sugars, flour, and milk. Combine slowly to avoid clumping.
Step 8
Pour mixture over melted butter – DO NOT STIR
Step 9
Spoon fruit on top
Step 10
Gently pour in syrup
Step 11
Bake 30 - 45 minutes. Should be golden around the edges and not jiggly in the center.
Finished Blueberry Cobbler