Simple and Fresh Pesto

I love basil! And this year is the first year we actually have happy basil plants. It can only mean one thing: PESTO TIME!

Pesto is so fresh and delicious it’s always very exciting to have some in the kitchen. The traditional recipes call for pine nuts, but, hum, these are really expensive! I kept things simple using ingredients that are always in my pantry, and I’m more than satisfied with the result. Here’s my simple, simple, simple pesto recipe!

Here’s what you need:

  • Enough fresh basil to fill up your blender, about 5 cups (leaves and tender stems)
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 whole lemon, rind removed
  • 1 tsp salt (I used coarse sea salt)
  • pepper, chipotle pepper flakes, or red pepper flakes to taste

Here’s what you do:

  1. Wash the basil and pat dry.
  2. Transfer all the ingredients, but the olive oil, into your blender and blend.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Transfer to an air-tight container and keep in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy on everything!

I love this pesto because it is great on everything: sandwiches, as a salad dressing and, of course, pasta. I used raw kelp noodles for a lighter no cook meal, and it was delicious! Let me know what your recipe for pesto is!


Canning Tomatoes \\ Conserve de tomates

I had to spend last week away from home, and when I came back, I had a dozen tomatoes on my counter just on the verge of going bad. Well, when life gives you tomatoes, make canned tomatoes! This is a great tip if you have extra tomatoes lying around that you don’t want to waste but also a fun way to make your own canned tomato sauce that you can use over the colder months. It’s super simple, I feel kind of a cheat sharing this with you. But, not enough to stop me!


Here is what you need:

  • 12 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 hot peppers with or without the seeds depending on your taste, chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tbs dried garlic
  • 2 tbs salt
  • pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and place them with the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to medium heat and let simmer until the tomatoes are completely liquid. If you like, you can process the sauce with your wand mixer to have a very smooth sauce or keep it as is. Place your sauce in clean jars and keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

Yup, another one step recipe! Super fast, super delicious, this sauce can easily double up as a tomato soup if you add some thyme and serve it with some warm toast. Yum! Let me know what you do with your extra tomatoes!

La semaine dernière, je n’étais pas à la maison et lorsque je suis revenue, j’avais 12 belles tomates qui commençaient à avoir l’air franchement tristes. J’en ai donc fait de la sauce tomate! C’est si simple, c’est presque douteux de partager cette “recette”, mais c’est vraiment un bon truc pour éviter le gaspillage!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 12 belles tomates
  • 2 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 2 oignons, tranchés finement
  • 2 piments forts avec ou sans les pépins, tranchés finement
  • 2 feuilled de laurier
  • 2 c. à soupe de basilic séché
  • 2 c. à soupe de sel
  • 1 c. à soupe d’ail en poudre
  • poivre au goût
  1. Couper les tomates en quatre et les placer avec le reste des ingrédients dans un grand chaudron. Bien mélanger et porter à ébullition. Réduire à feu doux et laisser mijoter jusqu’à ce que les tomates soient défaites. Passer votre sauce au mélangeur à immersion si vous souhaitez un résultat onctueux. Sinon, placer votre sauce dans des bocaux et conserver-la au frigo. Savourez!

Si simple, si délicieuse, cette sauce tomate peut aussi être utilisée comme soupe de tomate si on y rajoute un peu de thym et qu’on la sert avec du bon pain grillé. Miam! Et vous, que faites-vous de vos tomates trop mûres?