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Ten Ways With Pesto

July 20, 2012
by Shannon Hepburn

Nothing freshens a summer meal quite like a well made pesto.  Take for example, this scallion pesto as the perfect summer compliment.  There really are no rules when it comes to pesto – basically just throw together what you like.  I don’t measure when I make pesto, and I tend to go heavy on the nuts because I like the flavor and texture.  Play around and create your own signature pesto.  Just remember to jot down a few notes so you can remember specific ingredients and rough amounts.

 

TEN WAYS WITH PESTO

1.  Spread on a pizza crust in lieu of red sauce.

2.  Serve with grilled chicken, fish, shrimp, tempeh, pork, vegetables – pretty much anything grilled.

3.  Smear on toast for a simple breakfast. Or make it a “toasted cheese” by topping the pesto toast with your favorite cheese & running under the broiler.

4.  Mix into scrambled eggs.

5.  Stir a spoonful or two into soup.

6.  Whisk into salad dressing.

7.  Make pesto potato salad instead of pasta salad.

8.  Serve as a sauce for roasted chicken pieces or sliced turkey breast.

9.  Use as a sandwich spread rather than mustard or mayo.

10.  Toss with steamed or roasted vegetables.

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11. Make a dip by blending equal portions pesto, yogurt and goat cheese with a squeeze of lemon.

***you can freeze any leftover pesto***

 EAT WELL AND BE WELL