Hello! I am so excited to be posting my first recipe for 2018.
Sharing recipes with my readers brings me tons of joy, but sadly my blog has been taking a back seat to work, school, travel, etc.
Setting goals is something that I do for myself all year long.
When the calendar goes from one year to the next, it is popular to say “New Year, new me.” While that can feel lofty or dramatic, I find value in that January feeling to take some inventory of life and see where there is room for positive change and improvement. Usually, the list is health related, like, “OK, I’m going to take my vitamins and supplements EVERY DAY” (instead of for two weeks straight and then forgetting about them for the next two months).
Connecting with you guys and sharing my plant-based recipes was also on my list. So, to kick off my 2018 blog posts, I thought I would share this amazing dish that I created out of food that was in my fridge that had to be used ASAP.
Some of my favorite recipes come from those moments.
My friends say that those are sometimes my best meals. Maybe it’s because I hear Ted Allen, the host of Chopped, in my head as I figure out how to plate something delicious out of the random basket that is my refrigerator, or maybe it’s because it allows me to be more creative than usual, but it also feels good to make something tasty out of what I can find.
If you know me but at all, you know that I think pesto is the besto.
The recipe for this sauce that I share with you guys on my website is the one that I grew up on
and was created by my momma. People have told her that she should jar it up and sell it because it’s so good. Making it from scratch with impress yours and your loved ones taste buds.
Usually, I have batches of this green gold in my fridge that I made over the summer with fresh basil from my dad’s garden. I am running really low though, so I decided to use the rest of the basil in my fridge that felt like a ticking time bomb- ready to turn black at any given moment. I HATE when that happens! Whenever I am stomping and yelling “NO!” in front of my open refrigerator, the hubster figures it’s most likely because the basil turned bad on a dime.
I love this dish.
It’s warm, fresh, loaded with plants, and answers the question that I so often get which is “how do I cook with farro?” This is a perfect weeknight meal. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Pesto Farro with Eggplant & Zucchini
Author: Michele Wolfson
- 6 TBS extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 zucchini, thinly sliced half moons
- 1 smallish Italian eggplant (about 6 inches), diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 cups farro, uncooked
- ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
- salt and pepper to taste
- Recipe for pesto sauce: http://www.thedirtonvegetables.com/2014/07/basil-pesto-sauce/
- Cook farro according to package (see notes) and then prepare your pesto sauce.
- In a large saute pan, heat 2 TBS olive oil over medium/high heat. Then add diced onion and saute until translucent (3-5 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the eggplant and 3 TBS of olive oil and toss around, making sure it is covered with oil, and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Put zucchini in the pan with eggplant mixture, add the last tablespoon of olive oil, and saute until eggplant is slightly browning and zucchini is soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- When finished cooking, drain farro and add to a large mixing bowl.
- Put your vegetables in the mixing bowl with farro and toss well.
- Add your pesto to the mixing bowl and continue to toss well until all of your vegetables are covered.
1. If there is just no time in your week to make pesto (it's pretty easy to make, but stuff happens, so don't beat yourself up over it too much), I have heard that Whole Foods makes a good fresh pesto.
2. If you can't find pine nuts that are toasted, I toast my pine nuts on parchment paper in the oven for 375 for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing often. OR, I toast them in a dry skillet for 3 minutes over medium heat, tossing often.
3. Whole Foods and Trader Joes have bags of 10-minute farro if you are looking to make this a quick weeknight dinner.
4. I buy the "Italian Eggplant" as they tend to be smaller and firmer.
Who is ready to detox with me after the holiday season?
This is the time to kick your booty into high gear and sign up for my 3-Day Detox! You will LOVE the way you feel after 3 days and it will help you to get started on your road to a healthier lifestyle.
Click here to learn more about the cleanse and read below for healthy tips and ways to keep your New Years Resolutions:
Did you eat and drink too much yesterday? Who didn’t?! Just look at me… I definitely was enjoying my champagne last night… We know the holiday season is a time when we overlook overeating all in the name of good spirit and celebration. And although we can’t take back everything we ate yesterday, we can take a couple steps to help detox and bring our bodies back to normalcy after much indulgence.
Here are a few tips you can use today to help your body feel great. Feel free to use the same tips if you just so happen to overeat again during the next couple holidays as well.
Drinking plenty of water can help start your cleanse.
Drink ginger tea which helps to improve digestion and green tea which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Watching a show like Downton Abbey makes me crave a spot of tea. Whatever gets you in the mood… drink your detox tea!
Eat leafy greens which can help eliminate extra sugars in your body from that extra cocktail you had last night. Arugula, cabbage, kale, and other greens can help. This cabbage soup is my New Years Day detox dream meal.
Get some exercise! There’s no better way to burn off the extra calories you ate then by getting up and walking it off. So if you’re going shopping even to the gym, park a little farther so you walk a little more today.
Here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2015:
A bad habit I’m going to break:
Procrastinating! I need to put everything in my google calendar and THEN make sure that the task gets done when it’s supposed to get done!
A destination I’d like to visit:
Somewhere with beautiful, exotic animals.
I’m going to work harder at:
Making time for exercise.
A project I’d like to finish:
Decorating my apartment and planning my wedding (which feels like a very fun project).
A class I’d like to take:
Nutrition courses & hopefully food photography.
I’d like to spend more time doing:
Giving back to others and volunteering.
A food I want to eat more of:
Raw fruits and veggies. They’re nutritional gold!
I want to wear more:
Dresses and jewelry. I love getting dressed up!
What are your resolutions for 2015?
Fill out the questionnaire yourself in the comments, or print it out and keep it as a reminder.
And if you want some extra pointers on making your resolutions last, check out my list of tips.
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1. You will feel better on the inside and out when toxins are eliminated from your body. From constant bloating to chronic fatigue, a detox can get rid of the daily problems that are caused by the Standard American Diet, (also known as SAD… how fitting). Most of us walk around with constant complaints about how we feel, but we don’t have to live this way. A toxic system often causes constipation, fatigue, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, pesky weight that seems impossible to shed, acne, eczema, dandruff, excess mucus, and bloating. With the right detox program, all of these problems can melt away. The results from participating in a detox cleanse are often pretty remarkable. By the end of the cleanse, most people see their skin start to glow, their pants fit a bit better, and even the whites of people’s eyes are whiter.
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3. There will be a new appreciation for food. Detoxing brings about an awareness of why we have certain eating habits. So many of us eat simply out of boredom, but when you are on a detox juice cleanse, you don’t have that option and it forces you to break that bad habit. It is easy to eat for the wrong reasons. Changing up your diet is a good way to break the desire to make poor eating choices. Also, taste buds will change during your cleanse. You will start to crave clean food once you eliminate all of the unhealthy stuff from your diet.
4. Remove, restore and rejuvenate. We live in a toxic world that affects our air, water and food, and toxins lodge themselves into our bodies. Humans even as recent as a century ago didn’t used to eat like we do now. We detox in order to enhance our natural detox system in our bodies. Simply by taking the time to detox we are able to restore and rejuvenate by ingesting only fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. Eliminating sugars, simple carbs, alcohol, dairy and all processed foods sounds harder than it actually is when committing to a detox program.
5. Signing up for a juice cleanse allows you to have all your meals prepared for you during your busy life. People often complain that they don’t know what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner and taking the time to come up with something and then prepare and cook it is just plain overwhelming. When you are on this detox juice cleanse, all of your juices are being delivered to you and you know exactly what you will be consuming for the next three days. Now you can focus your thoughts on other things instead of what you are going to eat. This might sound trivial, but taking away this stress is a major plus that people profess while they are cleansing.
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