Joanna Anastasia

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Red pesto & leek cheesy vegetarian pasta

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I’m always on a hunt for easy weekday pasta recipes, are you ? This one is ready in less than 20 minutes, and it has basically 3 main ingredients : red pesto, leek and gruyere ( or cheddar if you prefer). Yes, you can make your own red pesto, I’m sure it will be delicious :)! I bought mine. I’m convinced it’s pretty easy to make, all you need is sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.. But for now, I’m too lazy of a mom to try it. Maybe one day I’ll make one, and then I’ll try to convince you to never buy it again.. But for now just buy your red pesto, and spend this extra time with a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine ).. So coming back to this yummy red pesto & leek cheesy pasta, I’m sure you’ll love it! It’s a great busy evening recipe, and you can make it really healthy too, just use whole grain pasta and cut a bit on cheese ;)!

1 big leek
1 big onion
2 table spoons of red pesto
1 cup gruyere cheese (or cheddar )
Fresh basil

Cooked pasta

Cut onion and leek, and cook it on olive oil until semi transparent. Add red pesto and pasta, toss in the cheese, leave on medium hight for around 2 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve with some fresh basil on top. That’s it. Super easy right? 🙂 yet so good ! I hope you’ll enjoy it :)!

Pistou & cream cheese salmon rolls

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Do you know what pistou is? I didn’t at first, and thought that my husband is referring to pesto, when he announced me that he wants to make some. So basically, it’s fresh basil, olive oil and Parmesan sauce, wnd the main difference betwine pistou and pesto is that there is no pine nuts involved. That’s why it’s perfect for people with allergiese, or with abundance of fresh basil in the garden. That was our case, too much basil, not enough time to eat it! So pistou is a great and easy way to add fresh taste to your sandwiches or soups. All you need is lot of fresh basil, some garlic, blender and olive oil. Even the Parmesan cheese is optional.
And then once you have your pistou, you can make these delicious salmon rolls, that are perfect for a school lunch as well. My kid loved it !

Pistou :
3 cups fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
5 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan ( optional )

Rolls:
Smoked salmon
Cream cheese
Cucumbers
Multigrain tortillas
Pistou

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Put all of the pistou ingredients in a blender. Mix it well together.

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Spread cream cheese and pistou on the multigrain tortilla, add smoked salmon and cucumbers cut in stripes. Roll. Eat fresh.

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And I decided to make more pistou and freeze it for the winter! I know we’ll be having these rolls a lot in our lunch boxes this winter :)!

Watermelon summer salad

Watermelon summer salad

Another hot summer day, another salad idea!
This one is such a lovely juicy and bursting in flavor side dish! And of course soo easy to make. I think its the best with maple sirup and avocado oil dressing. Yumm!

Watermelon
Cucumber
Basil
Mini mozzarella

Dressing :
Avocado oil
Maple syrup
Lime juice

Just cut and mix 🙂