What’s For Dinner: Gnocchi Pesto with Shrimp

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I love pasta. It’s so filling and comforting. And it can be quite a quick meal! Even when you make your sauce from scratch.

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Pestos are awesome. You can pretty much make them out of anything. I’ve done it with arugula, you can do it with spinach, and even use pistachios! But for tonight’s dinner we are going classic. Pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, basil, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.

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Blend it all up, to your liking. Set aside.

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Saute some shrimp in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.

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Boil up some gnocchi according to the package. Then toss everything together. Add more Parmesan, salt and pepper to your liking. EASY RIGHT?

It’s so quick, so easy! Who needs a recipe? You could also buy the pest pre-made if you really don’t have time. Enjoy :D

 

Meatless Pesto Pasta

Sometimes you have those really bad weekends. You know the ones where you eat ALL the bad things you could possibly eat. Baked goods, fried foods, fatty greasy goodness. Then you get started on a new week and you just feel TERRIBLE. No amount of green tea will make you feel like your system is cleansed.

When that happens all I want to do is eat veggies, because even meat is too heavy. Enter a quick weekday meal, shall I say weekday vegetarian meal? There’s still a little cheese in it, so its still heavy enough to make me feel full. That and the pasta itself!

 
To redeem myself, I made a quick pesto. Then I sauteed some baby bella mushrooms and asparagus. Then tossed it all in the sauce, topped it with cheese and a little black pepper. Served with a piece of Texas Toast garlic bread and called it a night.

 

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My friends who are health conscious, and physically fit like to have special dietary needs. One of them being the raw diet. Wanting to be supportive and anticipating a cooking challenge, I asked if I could help “cook” (I guess the word would be prepare since there’s no cooking in raw diet). She suggested a zucchini with pesto meal. WHEEE! Challenge accepted. I’m not going to tell you how to prepare raw diet pesto, which consists of NO cheese, but I just wanted to tell you about how I make my own pesto from scratch now. I used to make it from the package all the time, but fresh is actually much better and I like the texture!   Continue reading

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