Arugula Pistachio Red Pepper Pesto #RecipeReDux

Arugula, Pistachio and Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

I love pesto of all kinds. Have you ever bought those little jars or tubes? I’ve found them to be very pricey. Pesto is actually easy to make: herbs, garlic, oil, cheese, nuts, salt and pepper. That’s it. Imagine all the wonderful possibilities you can make at home.

Making your own is DIY Kitchen Essentials is today’s Recipe ReDux Challenge!

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What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics. Think homemade frozen waffles, salad dressing, broth or other kitchen essentials.

I already make most of my own broths, seasoning blends and dressings. I’ve made and froze pizza dough, waffles, pancakes, breads and breadcrumbs. Pasta too on occasion.

I picked a pesto because you can keep it in the fridge for several days and use it in a variety of ways. I used it as a pasta sauce, chicken topping, bruschetta or in place of garlic bread. You can mix it into rice or whole grain dishes. It makes a great pizza topping too!
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Arugula Pistachio Red Pepper Pesto is easy to make and blends well with any pasta.
Arugula, Pistachio and Red Pepper Pesto
Arugula Pistachio Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

Arugula Pistachio Red Pepper Pesto


  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Pistachios
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place arugula, basil and garlic in a food processor. Grind. Add cheese and nuts. Grind together.
  2. Keep processor running and drizzle in oil to form a paste.
  3. Add red peppers and process until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Store unused pesto in the refrigerator for up to four days.
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Here are a few more pesto recipes to try:
spinach pesto ravioli

Spinach Pesto


Watercress Pesto
Homemade pasta too!
kamut noodles sample

Kamut Pasta

spinach pasta ribbons

Spinach Pasta

About Recipe Redux:

As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians,The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.

You can apply to join here .

Enjoy these great DIY Kitchen Essentials from Recipe ReDux!

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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #148

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!
Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!
Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!


You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!


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Your Personal Invitation to 2015 Food and Wine Conference #Fwcon

I would like to extend a personal invitation to my readers. Meet me in Orlando, Florida this July 17 – 19 for the Food and Wine Conference, held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and Resort.

Rosen Shingle Creek by Ashee Hamon
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What will you find at the Food and Wine Conference?

Great Speakers and Sessions like these and more!

2015 Speakers sample
2015 sponsors
Wisconsin Cheese

Fabulous Food

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Wine and more…

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You can also enter fun recipe contests!

Certified Angus Beef
beef contest
Wisconsin Cheese

Idaho Potato Commission Contest

You don’t need to “Break the Bank” to attend!
or Break into the bank…

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I’ll even help you with a discount code for $50.00 off your 3 day pass!

Enter the code FWC15kerschc at REGISTRATION !

See you there!

2014 Food and Wine Conference photos courtesy of Ashlee Harmon Photography.

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Beef and Cheddar Quiche #SundaySupper

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Make Every Meal Count

This phrase is a great reminder of not only how important what we eat is to our health but also in what quantity. The Beef Checkoff has a program that helps you with your protein intake for each meal.
Monitoring meals doesn’t need to boring. The 30 Day Protein Challenge is a fun, step-by-step way to help you get an optimal amount of protein throughout your day. Significant research shows that some people can lose and/or maintain a healthy weight, support a healthy metabolism, and age more vibrantly when they consume more high-quality protein, within calorie goals.

The Beef Checkoff

The Beef Checkoff has an amazing free tool to help you calculate grams of protein in your recipes! I used it to create my Beef and Cheddar Quiche.
Download Stock Your Protein Pantry HERE .

This easy quiche recipe has 3 types of protein. Beef, cheese and eggs round out this breakfast with 27 grams of protein per serving.
I especially like the versatility of this recipe. You can use leftover beef roast or freshly prepared steak pieces. I used half and half instead of cream but milk or part milk will work as well.
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Grating your own cheese for this dish is the way to go. Many packaged shredded cheese contain agents to keep the cheese from clumping. Unfortunately these additives hinders the melting process. I like my quiche smooth and creamy. I bet you do too.

Beef and Cheddar Quiche pre-baked

Minced shallots and a bit of thyme brings out the wonderful umami taste of beef.

Beef and Cheddar Quiche table set

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Beef and Cheddar Quiche

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 pie crust, homemade or purchased
  • 12 ounces shredded cooked beef
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme plus sprigs for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place shell in pie pan. Cover edges with foil. Place a sheet of foil inside and add pie weights. Bake 5 minutes remove foil keep edges covered and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add beef and shallots. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half and thyme. Pour over beef and cheese.
  4. Bake on center rack for about 25 minutes until golden brown and eggs are almost set.
  5. Remove and allow to set 10 minutes before cutting.Residual heat will finish cooking the eggs.


1 serving contains 27 grams of protein.

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You can find more ways to add protein to your diet with these timely tips: Easy Ways To Add Protein

Take Control and challenge yourself to 30 days of eating protein-rich foods at every meal and feel the difference. Make Every Meal Count.

Explore your options and sign up for the 30 Day Protein Challenge here at The Beef Checkoff.

Need more encouragement? We’re here for you! Follow the Sunday Supper Protein Packed Recipes Pinterest Board for new ideas and recipes!
Sunday Supper Protein Packed Recipes Pinterest Board .

Connect to The Beef Checkoff social media sites for news, recipes and updates!


Sunday Supper is here to help you meet the 30 Day Protein Challenge with these great recipes made with beef!

Start your day deliciously:

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Make a fantastically satisfying Sunday Supper:

Get your knife supply ready:

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Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

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