Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pesto Perfect!

Long day, although it could have been longer....thankfully I had one of my post work meetings cancelled, yay!!  I still managed not to get home though till almost 8pm though.  I swear time just disappears when I leave work!

Speaking of work, review of today's earlier eats. 

My breakfast held me fairly well but I did get a bit hungry and I had errands to run at lunch time so I had a snack. 

Another new product, a Mrs. May's Naturals Trio bar!  
It has 3 nuts, 3 fruits and 3 seeds.  
This was their Tropical Flavor.  

I like that you can actually identify all the nuts in it!

Verdict: Yummy!  
A little hard, its not a soft chewy bar.... it does stick to your teeth a bit.  But it was good.  
I'll try them again I think. 

I spent my lunch hour doing oh so exciting errands such as going to the bank and grabbing something at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I'm amazed at the folks that are still out running during their lunch hour.... 94 degrees and close to 100% humidity.... no thank you!  I much prefer to get up early and run when it isn't a million degrees out!

I headed back to work and my delicious salad.  
A bit of a repeat of yesterday.....
-tomato & black bean quinoa salad, guacamole, spinach, carrots, red pepper, broccoli & sprouts


However, a little while later after reading some other food blogs..... and seeing all the tasty treats from the Healthy Living Summit...... I needed a COOKIE!!

PB cookie

But I still had my orange to eat as well..... and I did as it was going to be a crazy busy evening and dinner would be late. 

After work I 
  • had a 5K race committee meeting
  • weeded downtown w/ my volunteer group I organize
  • met up with the race course certification guy
  • hit the grocery store for some parmesan cheese for pesto making
  • picked up the pooch from the in-law's house

I was so happy to finally get home, but sadden to see the hubby hadn't started dinner (he did take out the trash & empty the dishwasher though).  So needed to do something quick. 

Cod, corn on the cob & left over red potatoes from last night. 

  • cut into individual portions
  • lemon zest on each, about half a lemon on each portion
  • lemon juice on each, again about half a lemon each portion
  • sprinkle of Crab Bay Co. Herbs for Seafood
Wrapped each up in foil and threw it on a grill for maybe 8 minutes or so.  
Set the table on the deck since it was such a beautiful night.

Tada dinner!  Sorry for the crappy picture....  bad lighting with my camera picture, so iphone picture instead.  

After cleaning up dinner it was time to tackle the basil and make some pesto. 
Remember my huge bunch of basil........

With some recipe input from Elizabeth and some kitchen assistance from the hubby, 
I have this.......

Pesto (I made two batches)
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (recipe called for 1/2 cup)
  • salt &  pepper
 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food
processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are
not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the
basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food
processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor
with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until
blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Makes 1 cup.

I am official TIRED.  Need to get some shut eye so I'll be all lovely for 6am kettlebell tomorrow morning.  ;-)



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