Happy first day of Autumn!! I can't believe we finally had a pretty cool morning for the first time today. Imagine that :) I like when it starts cooling down but the moment it gets super chilly I'm wishing for summer again. Spring and Summer with lots of sunshine are definitely my favorite months :) If you still have the chance to grab some basil and fresh tomatoes before they are gone till next summer, definitely whip up this easy pesto potato salad. It is great for get togethers as a refreshing side dish or main.Chris and I are all moved into our house and getting settled. We still have boxes and junk in some of the rooms but we'll get to that eventually :) You know how that goes. Lots of projects to do!
For the pesto potato salad...
First, start with about 2 pounds of small red potatoes and 1 pint of cherry tomatoes. Place them in a glass baking dish with some coconut oil, cover, and roast at 375 for about 40 - 45 minutes.
These Kingsberry Gold tomatoes are the best we've ever had. They are super sweet and delicious! Like candy. I will miss these beauties.
Then make a batch of pesto or use store-bought in a pinch. The best pesto recipe I've found is from Post Punk Kitchen. I add a bit more lemon so that it is brighter and keeps its green color better.
Mix with roasted potatoes and tomatoes and that is it. Super easy!
Another quick recipe I made recently was a Mexican-style Layered Dip.
For the first layer I made refried lentils using 1 cup small green lentils to 2 cups water (cooked to package instructions and then blended with an immersion blender) and I added in a hefty scoop of Christiansen Farm lard.
The next layer was a mix of sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, and grass fed beef. Because this is a layered dish, it doesn't require exact measurements. Don't be afraid to use whatever you have on hand. I added some chili powder, cumin, oregano and chipotle chili, salt and pepper to give it some more flavor.
Then you can top it with tomatoes, avocado and chives. Again, you can use pretty much whatever you have on hand. Cilantro would be great too.
We scooped ours into a black rice tortilla from Food for Life. They are made with antioxidant rich black rice. I received a free sample to review.
Black rice is a true super grain loaded with vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants. In fact, black rice rivals and often exceeds some of the most notable antioxidant rich foods. Its dark purple color is primarily due to its anthocyanin content—the same antioxidant found in blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries and açai. Plus, black rice is loaded with natural fiber, making it a great healthy alternative to traditional flour tortillas. Nice!
They held up pretty good to the heavy layered dip, but not as good as a traditional tortilla. Most rice based tortillas just don't hold up to bending very well, but it still made for a delicious wrap with some minor cracking and would also be good for quesadillas or chips.
I am sure going to miss Summer days full of sunshine and cold green smoothies (although I still make green smoothies in the winter of course!)
I'm getting ready to do a 5k with the Teddy Bear Fun run next weekend and also Park to Park Pedal in October. It should be fun! I've been lathering on the Deep Relief roll-on :) It works great to reduce inflammation after a workout or help with pain if muscles are tight or sore. Essential oils are so awesome!
This deep relief roll-on (aff link) is made with therapeutic grade essential oils of peppermint, lemon, balsam fir, copaiba (great for inflammation), clove, wintergreen, helichrysum, vetiver, and palo santo. I love it's cooling burning sensation from the menthol. I also love that it is non-toxic unlike most muscle rubs on the market.
My other absolute favorite is Thieves essential oil blend, which is very helpful with the 'cold season' approaching. The moment I feel a sore throat coming on, I put a drop in a quart of water 3x per day throughout the day and Bam! it's gone. Chris loves it too. It's great to diffuse to get rid of anything lurking in the air.
Hope everyone has a fabulous week!
Is it Autumn where you are? Have you tried essential oils?