Broccoli Pesto Sauce

broccoli pesto sauce

Broccoli Pesto Sauce. I mentioned the other day that I was making a broccoli based pesto sauce and I received a HUGE reaction! I’m not sure what made people’s mouths water. Broccoli Pesto Sauce or maybe it was just those three words:broccoli, pesto, sauce.

In reality I didn’t think much about it. Take some cooked broccoli chop, add garlic, cheese and seasonings. I got tired of sauces on noodle side dishes and craved something lighter.

Tuna and Marinated Peppers was already slated for dinner. I just needed a quick side dish.

I plated dinner and my guy says, “You should take a picture. This looks so good.”

So I did. No styling, no arranging just dinner. If you blog about food, you can appreciate how wonderful eating your meal fresh and hot can be!
Here you go. A quick, tasty way to flavor bland, boiled noodles and add a bit of texture.

Broccoli Pesto Sauce is a keeper!

Blanch stemmed broccoli to crisp tender, then drain and chop for best results.

I’ve made Watercress Pesto and Spinach Pesto both without basil.

I wonder how cauliflower would work as a broccoli substitute? If it turns out good, I’ll let you know!

Broccoli Pesto Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped cooked broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add broccoli and garlic in a food processor and finely chop. Blend in cheese, salt and pepper. With machine running, drizzle in oil.
  2. Toss over cooked pasta or add to cooked rice.
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Frozen Yogurt Mud Pies #SundaySupper

frozen yogurt mud pies
frozen mudpie cup
A new school year is always exciting! New classrooms, maybe a new building, new friends and a new teacher. With all the changes and challenges our kids and grandkids face its nice to see a bit of familiarity when they get home. An after school treat can be just that; a welcome home, unwind and recharge snack. Frozen Yogurt Mud Pies are just that kind of snack.
Layers of homemade chocolate cookie crumbs, plain Greek yogurt and frozen fruit. I used these chocolate chip cookies to make the crumbles but you can use store or bakery cookies too. Greek yogurt or high fat content yogurt freezes best with little or no ice crystals forming. I used blueberries like little rocks. The blueberries are juicy but still frozen. You can use any fruit you like to sweeten the pot!
It only takes a few minutes to make these cups. Put them together in the morning and freeze just until set. They will be frozen by the time the kids get home from school! If your cups seem to be too hard, you can refrigerate them to thaw or if in a microwave safe container, give it a quick partial thaw.
frozen yogurtmud pie spoon

Frozen Yogurt Mud Pies

Yield: 2 desserts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries or fruit of choice
  • 1 cup cookie crumbs

Instructions

  1. Continue layering 1/4 cup cookie crumbs,1/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 cup blueberries to fill the cup. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for several hours until firm. Serve frozen.
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This event is being hosted by Tammi of Momma’s Meals with help from host-in-training Gwen of Simply Healthy Family.  thanks ladies!

Check out all the great back to school ideas for lunches, snacks and quick dinners from our Sunday Supper Group!

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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #108

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party! Please share your favorite recipes, crafts and DIY tips with our community! Each week our co-hosts pick their favorites and YOU could be featured on Daily Dish Magazine!

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Freezer Harvest Soup Kits #SundaySupper

freezer harvest soup kits
This week Sunday Supper shares tips for preserving summer’s bounty. There are so many ways to store food. I never got into canning but I will stock my freezer with veggies for the upcoming months.

Freezing individual vegetables is a good idea. You can just take out what you need as you make a meal. I’ll freeze greens as is and throw a few handfuls into dishes to add color, taste and nutrition.
freezer harvest soup greens
Sometimes I like to go a step further. I’ll make freezer meal starters.

My Freezer Harvest Soup Kits make quick meal starters. Turn extra veggies, great roadside deals or Farm Market finds into easily stored kits.  What’s nice about this idea is you can use these in soups, casseroles or puree to make a veggie slurry to thicken sauces and soups.

For this particular one I used chicken stock, but water or veggie stock would be fine.
freezer harvest soup  ingredients
I don’t season the vegetables, that way it gives me more options for meals. If you are not using stock, a little salt and pepper is fine.

Cut your vegetables in sizes according to how fast they cook. You will only be blanching the batch for a few minutes.
freezer harvest soup ingredients chopped
I add the vegetables to a saucepan and only use enough liquid to cover by about 1/2 inch.
freezer harvest soup cook
Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 2 minutes. You want the veggies to be crisp tender. They will cook a little more after you remove them from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate to quick cool.

I like freezer bags over containers. Label and date the bags. I use the same method for filling the bags that I use to fill pastry bags.
freezer harvest soup bag
Drape the bag over a cup or bowl and fill with cold mix.
freezer harvest soup fill bag glass
I love this ladle with drain holes!
freezer harvest soup ladle
Squeeze out excess air and seal. Lay the bags flat in the freezer until totally frozen.

Viola! Your soup kits are ready for your next culinary masterpiece!
freezer harvest soup kit bag

This event is being co-hosted by Tara of Noshing With The Nolands and Stacy of Food Lust People Love. Thanks Tara and Stacy!

Here are more exciting ideas for Saving Summer Bounty from the Sunday Supper Group!
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Jump into jellies, jams and preserves

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Slurp and spoon soup and a side dish

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