There’s no such thing as too much basil because … pesto! More specifically, this nuts & seeds plant-based pesto! While I always feel strangely guilty about pulling off so many basil leaves from my plants, leaving them rather naked, I never feel guilty when diving into a dollop (or four!) of freshly prepared pesto. I make it sooo many different ways—and make it really, really, really often in the summer, if you didn’t already know that about me! But, this 100% plant-based pesto is definitely one of my newest favorite versions. Enjoy it on anything … or just plain pasta!
Planning a cookout or picnic? Here’s an easy and tasty salad or side to whip up for your next one. It’s full of flavor thanks to the fresh pesto and bursting grilled grape tomatoes. And it’s fit for nearly everyone’s palate. Have fun!
This grilled sweet potato and herb salad wasn’t the original plan. It’s better! I was originally going to make a creamy potato salad. But then I realized I had a sweet potato on hand. And since the potato salad was just going to be for me, I opted for a sweet potato salad instead. It gave me an opportunity to enjoy a portion of an avocado I needed to use up soon, too. So, here’s the yum-worthy result!
When fresh figs are in season, it seems like I put them in practically everything I prepare. I simply adore them! And I was lucky enough to attend the California Figs new cookbook launch event in New York, and came home with a stash of the luxurious fruits. So, of course, I went immediately into my kitchen to whip up some fig-filled delights. This 100% plant-based (Meatless Monday-friendly!) flatbread pizza is the first creation from the stash. Combining two of my favorite things—pizza and figs—is downright dreamy to me. Plus, the use of creamy cashew cheese and a finish of a spicy coconut nectar and fresh basil make it magical. Hope you agree!
In the summertime, I thoroughly enjoy a fresh and flavorful Italian-style pasta salad. I often eat it as an entrée rather than a side salad at lunchtime. And I don’t just enjoy eating pasta salad … I love making it. It provides an avenue in which to use leftover grilled, roasted, or raw veggie scraps—and the result is always slightly different to keep me (and everyone else) intrigued.