You know you want to eat more greens, so don't be intimidated if you've never made broccoli rabe before. This is an easy recipe that is really tasty. Do you like Italian food? It doesn't get more Italian than tossing broccoli rabe, broccoli or broccolini in a delicious pesto sauce.
Pesto is easy to make and generally made from four basic ingredients:
Some sort of nut ( pecan, walnut,or pine nut)
Italian Parmesan or Pecorini cheese
Because of the fresh greens, this recipe provides lots of energy giving chlorophyll and nutrients . The broccoli rabe is pungent, while the fresh basil is sweeter.
If you like broccoli , you will probably like broccoli rabe or broccolini
( available year round in most supermarkets in the produce section). The taste is similar, but a little more bitter - which is what I love.
Broccoli rabe is a little leafier vegetable and is kind of like a cross between spinach and broccoli. It is composed of some leafy vegetable and some baby broccoli heads. Sauteed in garlic, it's one of my favorites recipes ( click for basic recipe)
Pesto is also commonly tossed in pasta, but pesto can be used to perk up any cooked vegetable. Simply cook the vegetable and then toss it with the amount of pesto of your choice.
Want to make dinner out of this recipe? You could toss in some cooked gluten free pasta . The pasta, broccoli rabe, and pesto together would be filling and delicious.
If you don't eat pasta, you could try it with spaghetti squash or "zoodles" ( noodles made by spiralizing zucchini-You can check out the spiralizers on Amazon: Joyce Chen 51-0662, Saladacco Spiral Slicer, White is an inexpensive tool that I have used for years and so much fun.
Pesto is a delicious seasoning that is perfect in the summer when fresh basil and spinach are seasonal and plentiful. I never really thought I would like it, but I was pleasantly surprised once I started to make pesto and enjoyed its rich flavor. I also realized its health value and its versatility.
It's great for anyone on a low carb diet as well and you can simply omit the cheese if you are vegan.
I originally saw this recipe for pesto broccolini on a blog called What's Gaby Cooking. This is my adapted version of the recipe.
Ingredients to make the greens:
1 bunch of broccoli rabe, broccolini , or 1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
Optional: pinch of red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons olive or coconut oil
Saute garlic in oil for a minute on high heat in a large skillet. Drop in the chopped greens and saute until slightly tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Ingredients for Pesto:
4 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorini Cheese
Process the basil and nuts, then add garlic, freshly grated cheese and process. Slowly drizzle in olive oil as processor is running until a paste is formed.
Toss 2-3 tablespoons of the pesto into the greens and serve.
Ingredients in the food processor
Quote: “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”~ Edward Stanley
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