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03 Jun Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto Yield: 1 CupCook Time: 10 minutes I hate wasting all the beautiful greens that come atop my farmers market purchases, so I try to incorporate them into my dishes instead of tossing them. Try using your radish, beet, and carrot greens in place or in addition to your chards and kales- saute them, chop and toss raw in salads,  puree  to make sauces, or throw them in the juicer. My latest favorite? Carrot top pesto. I use it as a spread on crostini with a little shaved carrot twirl as garnish, a spread on sandwiches, as a base for roasted carrots, or a sauce for pasta. The recipe below is for a thick spread, to thin it out and make it saucier, increase the olive oil to taste. High quality oil is key since this is a raw preparation, so don't skimp (Almond oil is pricy- so you can...

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29 Apr Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes Yield: Serves 2Cook Time: 40 Minutes Traditional Eggplant Parmesan served over linguini is one of my favorite comfort foods, but for me, all the breading and frying and pasta makes it a special occasion indulgence type of meal. My answer to finding a way to eat it more often? Forgoing the steps that make it so heavy by turning it into a deconstructed grilled version. I pair grilled eggplant slices with a fresh light pesto, roasted tomatoes, a lot less cheese and oil, and lose the breadcrumbs and frying all together. Vegans, you can lose the cheese in the spread and the stack- it's still delicious and holds together because of the thickness of the pesto. You can also do an appetizer size version of this by using the tiny varieties sometimes found in the farmers markets when eggplant is in...

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29 Mar Passover Matzo Lasagna with Pesto and Kale

On Passover, I try not to cook with a ton of matzo since there are so many other amazing Passover friendly ingredients (I often find I cook recipes I normally make the rest of the year, really it's not so hard!) so I don't feel like I need matzo to make a meal satisfying. The one exception? Matzo Lasagna. I seriously can't live without it and make it at least twice every year. Somehow, the matzo in this recipe replicates the texture and taste of lasagna noodles pretty damn closely and soaks up all the flavor of your sauce making the "matzo taste" virtually disappear, and gives your brain that carbo-load comfort food signal that is missing in a lot of Passover meals. They keys to success? A really flavorful tomato sauce and a ton of it (you can make your own or just use an awesome store-bought version), the...

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