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19826156_sThis is an exciting time of year as most local farmer’s markets are commencing for the season and that means LOCAL PRODUCE and great recipes like this one for Arugula Pesto! I am a BIG supporter of local produce and local artisans. So, please be sure to check out what is going on in your neck of the woods.

Looking for fresh, local produce??? The Cutting Veg may be perfect for you.  They offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and are local to the Region of York.  Weekly veggies, picked up directly from the farm.  Reap the rewards of fresh, local produce and you may actually end up eating more veggies throughout the summer… YAY!!!

This Victoria Day long weekend was stellar for weather. In fact, it prompted me to go out and purchase a new patio set. I am dedicating myself to enjoying all the summer days and summer nights.  I had a few friends over this weekend; we talked, laughed a bunch and bbq’d an array of healthy food. And, that is how the summer weekends SHOULD be spent!!!

The recipe that I included is for Arugula Pesto. While I do enjoy a basil-based pesto, the arugula offers a bit of a nuttier taste. If you are not a fan of arugula in salad, you may not be a fan of the pesto. But, as my father always taught me, “try it, you might like it”.

Arugula Pesto

2 cups arugula
2 tsp garlic paste or two cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup grated parmesean (or romano)

Put all ingredients into a chopper or food processor. Chop/blend until smooth. Store in air tight (preferably a glass container or jar) in the fridge.  Will remain fresh for a few weeks.

What to do with the pesto?

Try adding a couple tablespoons with vegetables (green, red, yellow peppers, zucchini, onions) that you can grill on the bbq or roast in the oven.  I am a big fan of using the bbq, but please be mindful not to char anything as this creates carcinogens, which have been linked to cancer. If something gets charred, throw it out and start over!

Another great option is rubbing the pesto on salmon and adding a layer of feta cheese- you can BBQ this or bake it in the oven. The flavouring of the pesto bakes into the salmon providing great taste throughout.

I always look forward to the weekends where I can entertain my friends and try new recipes. For me, this is as exciting as a kid in a candy store.  Cooking and sharing my creations is what I enjoy most and I feel blessed to be surrounded by such great friends, creating lasting memories.  And, I have yet to have a friend complain about trying new healthy recipes J

Would love to hear about your favourite healthy summer recipes….. If you care to share, I’m sure others will enjoy too! Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you are a blogger – via the commentluv feature here on my site!

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

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