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Spinach Pesto

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I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!

Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup

2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)

1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated

2 garlic cloves

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.

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Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.

 

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ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips

Satay Stir Fry Sauce

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Another one of my must makes this year is Satay Sauce, and yay…I’ve done it! So simple and healthier than shop bought versions. I went for a mild version tonight, but I also think that adding a little chilli or tobasco could work just as good if you wanted a little kick to it.

 

Makes enough for 2 portions of stir fry.

3 tbsp Peanut butter – I used Whole Earth Crunchy as I like the bit of crunch, but you can use smooth and any brand you wish.                                                                                                                                                                                                 1_pb-crunchy

2 tbsp Soy sauce

1 tbsp Light Brown sugar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp peanut oil

2 tbsp lime juice

 

  1. Put everything in a microwave jug with 2 tbsp water and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and add to your stir fry.

As easy as that!   Yummy!

 

ALL · Salads · sauces & dips

Italian Dressing

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My favourite go to dressing for…well…just about everything. This, in my opinion is better than shop bought ones…….well I will say that but I’m serious. lol!

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Pinch of dried oregano

  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

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ALL · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips

Smokey Tomato Salsa

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This is so yummy and goes with just about anything I think.

Makes 4 servings

Chopped pancetta

Handful of cherry tomatoes – halved

1 onion – chopped finely

1 clove Garlic

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp tomato paste

Salt & pepper

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan – high heat, add the onion and the pancetta, cook until onion is softened down
  2. Add in the cherry tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, salt & pepper and sugar, mix through, cook for about  5-7 mins. Any liquid should thicken.