Homemade Basil Pesto with a twist 

Happy Spring to those of you who only follow my foodie posts 🙂 

You should know by now I’m all about healthy, clean eating all year round! But I’m sure you’ve also noticed I don’t pass up on goodies like holiday cookies, hot cocoa on a snowy day or a heavy French dish done right ;] 

 With Spring approaching and summer right around the corner, it’s time for a little detox. I’m a firm believer that once or twice a year, you should give your body some rest. Whether it’s low-carb, juicing or even the zone, take some time to “clean up” and focus on eating right, supplying your body with everything it needs 🙂 

Today, I’ll share my favorite basil pesto recipe. It’s healthy and flavorful, goes well with whole grain pastas, salads or even used as a spread with some cherry tomatoes (the last one being a personal favorite)! It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, so I don’t want any excuses!!! 
You will need: 
2 cups of fresh cleaned basil leaves 

1 cup baby spinach (my twist, making it optional)

1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup virgin oil

3-4 minced garlic cloves

1/3 cups pine nuts or walnuts (optional)
Directions: 

Blend all the greens, nuts and minced garlic cloves on medium, switching to high for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on your blender). Switch back to medium, adding the Parmesan. Finally, on low, slowly add the virgin oil. 

A few tips: 

Don’t cut any of the leaves, if you absolutely have to, just rip them up with your hands. 

If your goal is to lose weight, skip the nuts and add only 1-2 tea spoons of virgin oil, just enough to blend the rest of the ingridients. 
Have a healthy Spring, everyone! 

-Love, Silvia Mèlange 

  

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Baked potatoes with herbs and spices

Hello, lovely readers! Today I’ll show you my favorite recipe for baked potatoes. Easy and delicious, the perfect side to your main course during the holidays.

 

You will need:

1 kg fresh potatoes (cut in cubes)

5 garlic cloves (minced)

Bunch of fresh dill (cut up)

3 tea s. olive oil

20 ml water

1 tea s. (each) sea salt, black pepper, dried thyme, rosemary

 

How to make it:

 

Grease up a flat baking pan and add the potatoes, water, sprinkling the spices (except the dill) evenly and add 4 of the minced garlic cloves. Bake on 200 C in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes, taking the pan out every 10 minutes and carefully flipping the potatoes. When the potatoes turn golden brown take them out, drain them from any remaining grease by placing them on a baking paper sheet. Then place them in a mixing bowl and stir them up with the remaining garlic cloves and adding all the cut up dill. You are ready to serve 🙂

This simple side dish fits well with all kinds of meats and fish and its tasty enough to be served on its own. Enjoy!

Xo, Silvia Mèlange

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Здравейте, скъпи читатели! Днес ще ви представя моята любима рецепта запечени каррофки. Лесна и вкусна, перфектна гарнитура към всякакви видове меса и риби по празниците.

Нужни продукти:
1 кг пресни картофи (на кубчета)
5 скилидки чесън (ситно накълцан)
Връзка пресен копър (ситно нарязан)
3 ч.л. зехтин

20 мл вода

1 ч.л. (от всяка подправка) морска сол, черен пипер, мащерка и розмарин
Как да го приготвим:
Намъзнете тава със зехтина и добавете картофите, водата и поръсете равномерно 4 от накълцаните скилидки чесън и подправките (с изключение на копъра). Пекат се в предварително загрята фурна на 200 С като на 10-15 минути се обръщат внимателно. Когато картофките станат златисти, извадете ги от фурната и изцедете от излишна мазнина, поставяйки ги върху хартия за печене. После ги поръсете с останалата скилидка чесън и всичкия копър и сте готови за сервиране!
С обич, Силвия Меланж