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Quinoa And Spring Pea Salad With Kale Pesto
Green food dreams right there whipping up some new recipes in the kitchen today to take over to my parents for a mini bday dinner with the fam. Spring pea + asparagus + kale pesto + other things. It's been a spring veggie kind of day over here !
Recipe
Springtime Vegetable Panzanella With Fresh Herb Pesto
Taco Tuesday...., whaaa this springtime vegetable panzenella we made tonight is a winner! @pastry_guy_jaime and I threw everything we had into the pesto, Bellissama!

RECIPE
Vegan

Serves 2 as main, 4 as side
For the Panzanella:
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 baguette or 1 small loaf of nice bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3-4 cups)
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 leek, white and light green parts only, cut crosswise into very thin half-moons, cleaned, and dried
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces
2 ½ cups English peas, fresh or frozen and thawed
2 large handfuls snow peas, ends trimmed, chopped in half
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Juice of half a lemon Pepper, to taste
3-4 Cups of mixed greens, we used spinach and baby kale


For the Pesto

2 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
1 cup fresh mint, loosely packed
1 cup cilantro, loosely packed
5 sprigs fresh thyme, stripped
5 tablespoons walnuts
3 tablespoon pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt, to taste

Directions:
Start by making the bread. Over medium heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the bread and a pinch of salt and toss the bread so the cubes are evenly coated in the oil. Stirring occasionally, cook for 10 minutes until the bread is light brown and toasty. Set aside in a large serving bowl.

Wipe the pan clean. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the leeks, some salt and stir frequently until they start to caramelize. This will take 5 to 7 minutes and they will break down significantly. Be careful to not overcook the leeks, you want them to slowly caramelize.

Once the leeks are cooked, add the asparagus pieces, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Then at the peas and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Taste test and make sure your vegetables are slightly cooked, and not raw. Add the vegetables to the bowl with the toasty bread. Toss in the snow peas, mixed greens, and add the balsamic, lemon juice and pepper. Let set while you make the pesto. For the Pesto: in the bowl of a food processor or vitamix, combine the herbs, nuts, garlic and half of the olive oil. Process until everything is chopped into a paste. Keep the motor running and add in the rest of the olive oil until the pesto is smooth. Add the salt and lemon juice and pulse until incorporated. Taste and adjust if necessary. Add ½ the pesto into the panzanella, and give it a good toss. Then add in the rest, if needed and toss again. I used all the pesto for the salad. Spread amongst plates and enjoy!
Recipe
Shaved Asparagus Citrus Salad With Edamame & Pine Nuts
There's a lovely shaved asparagus salad with citrus, edamame & pine nuts recipe on the blog for you today! Perfect for this warm weekend ahead, happy Friday ?
Recipe
self-caring and self-loving the crap out of myself with this bowl of food right here 👆. . self-care looks different for everyone and while i love a bubble bath and facial as much as the next lady, food for me is my ultimate form of nurturing. sometimes it’s vibrant plant food with a side of french fries like you see here, other times it’s chocolate and a few glasses of rosé. one might be more physically nourishing than the other, but the latter is more about enriching my life and having fun. both are important. self care includes all the things that make you feel more alive. happy saturday! #selfcareeveryday #bowlsbyC #caraskitchen
time for a lil Whole 30 / Wu 30 UPDATE! it’s day 9 no sugars, sweeteners, dairy, soy, grains, legumes, alcohol, processed food or additives. . The biggest things I’ve noticed are changes in my skin and (warning fellas) my period. my complexion has been on point, even though it’s that time of the month i didn’t get a single pimple. pretty cool ? what is also surprising is that my cramps were almost non-existent and i believe that this is most likely from avoiding soy & sugar. While i do feel great its not massively different from how i typically feel. that said i am still very much excited to see what i discover in the remaining weeks ? . again this is not about calorie restriction or weight loss, rather strengthening the relationship between the foods i eat and how i feel aka my #bodywisdom. If you are participating, what you are experiencing? pictured is a breakfast salad with tons of organic greens, avocado and a pastured egg from a couple weeks ago. #bowlsbyc #wu30 #whole30
toasting with some toast ? because no hangover after last nights wine 101 & tasting on IG live. like woah. thanks to @seccowineclub for sharing organic wine with no added sugar or chemicals. i feel the difference. thanks to everyone who tuned in to learn about wine. be sure to check it out to learn about what’s in most wine on the market (sugar/chemicals/animal products) and how to choose a better alternative. its not about not drinking rather having awareness around what we are putting in our beautiful bodies and drinking responsibly ? happy day everybody, whatever you are up to ? #caraskitchen #avocadotoast
with all the travel this time of year a little preparation goes a long way especially since there are so many things out of our control that can cause unwanted stress... like TSA searching my bag or getting a flat tire. either way having some life -force giving food to look forward to makes the journey more enjoyable no matter what life throws at us. plus its more affordable, saves time and is so much healthier ? . in those bowls we got zucchini, roasted bell peppers, broccoli, olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, avocado, sun dried tomato hummus, on a bed of fresh herbs, mixed greens and quinoa. so dang goooooood. happy holidays everybody! #bowlsbyC
avocado & passion fruit = ? . holiday (or any day) appetizer with lime, cilantro, microgreens, crushed red pepper, hemp seeds & pink salt. don’t worry about the avocados turning brown, they will be gone before that happens ? happy #tacotuesday babes. ps new blog post up that’s an anti-diet love letter link in bio #caraskitchen