This is kind of a double whammy post. You’re getting a pesto recipe as well as a recipe for crunchy, oil-free baked potatoes that make a great side dish or salad topping. Ever since testing out Loni Jane’s crunchy no-fat potatoes from our past Book of the Month, Feel the Lean, my life has been changed. I never would have thought 1) you could get crunchy baked potatoes without adding oil, and 2) adding something warm/hot on top of a cool, fresh salad would be so delicious. Now, I love topping my salads with baked potatoes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. I will never be the same again.
This potato recipe is completely inspired by Feel the Lean (I cook the potatoes exactly the way Loni directs you to in the book), and the Basil-Kale Pesto concoction is 100% us. I love the pesto because we have so much basil and kale growing in our garden, it’s a great way to use it up and cut back the plants to encourage more growth. Remember, with some plants in your garden, if you don’t use it… you lose it :P.
Last week I made this delicious Kale Walnut Almond Pesto from our book of the month, Joyous Health, by Joy McCarthy. It is so good that I have been slathering it on everything, with one of those things being this potato hash dish that I made for breakfast!
Kale Walnut Almond Pesto from Joyous Health
I love making potato hash dishes, but I often have them for dinner because I don’t usually leave myself enough time in the morning to both cook and eat at home before leaving for work. Normally I only give myself enough time to make a quick smoothie that I can bring with me and drink on my way. However, yesterday morning I knew I had some left over boiled potatoes, and I had a little bit of extra time, so I decided to cook myself a warm breakfast! Taking some time to sit and eat my breakfast instead of rushing out of the door with it was such a relaxing start to my day! I am now rethinking my usual strategy of sleeping in as long as possible and getting ready in the shortest amount of time – trading it in for waking up a bit earlier, and feeling like I have all the time in the world… *cue theme song*
What makes this pesto special? Well for starters, it’s incredibly flavourful and super fast to make (this bowl was ready to eat in under 30 minutes). Now, if you’re looking for the health reasons to be eating this meal, then look no further. This bowl of pasta has: