Summer Challenge: Week 11

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This was the last recipe I made as a part of this summer challenge. If you don’t remember my original goal, it was to make my way through Run Fast Eat Slow throughout the summer. I originally aimed for two recipes a week, but ended up only making one per week.

This week, I made a fun pesto sauce to go with zucchini noodles (for me) and linguine (for the boyfriend).

Recipe #12

This was another recipe that required the use of my food processor – definitely the MVP of this whole challenge! I’ve never made pesto before and in truth, it has always seemed a little daunting, but this recipe was simple to follow so I felt more confident. It’s mostly ingredients I have heard of and was easy enough to combine.

  • Toasted cashews or walnuts (I used cashews)
  • Arugula
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White miso paste
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest

I mixed all of the ingredients together (and realized I might need a bigger food processor) and ended up with a chunky pesto. In the book, they do say they prefer it chunky so I wasn’t overly worried.

For the noodles, I used the veggie spiralizer I recently got to make zucchini noodles. After I had a pan of zoodles, I sautéed them in olive oil and then added in the pesto. With the extra water from the zoodles, the pesto actually became more sauce like. It was a little chunkier with the linguine noodles.

Results

This was really good! The cheese melted with the noodles and YUM. Since there was so much of it, we’ve had it multiple times. My only complaint is that it is really chunky so I would like to find a way to make it more sauce like the next time I make it.

The zoodles do not look appetizing, but they tasted better than they looked.

This was a pretty successful challenge.

  • I found a few staple recipes that I will continue to make
  • I branched out and tried new things
  • I used my food processor more than ever before
  • I got more confident in my ability to cook / bake

Overall, it was a fun experience where I was forced to eat more whole foods in my diet, which is never a bad thing.

Leave a comment if you have a recipe I should try! I’ll continue to post ones that turn out well.

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