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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Salmon-Pesto spaghetti *Quick and Simple*

I’ve been insanely busy lately am I know I can’t be the only one! We all know how constantly competing with the clock ends up affecting every aspect of our lives; from how we do our makeup to what we eat. Most of you already know nutrition is very important to me and for the most part I’d rather go hungry than eat junk. Here’s a super easy, quick recipe, perfect for week nights and for people without ANY cooking skills! The only thing you need to do is boil water, literally! 
You will need:
A pack of whole grain pasta/ spaghetti (gotta make sure you got enough for a boxed lunch at the office the next day)
A jar of pesto (if you don’t have time or skills for a homemade one)
1lbs of smoked salmon cut into pieces
2 garlic cloves (minced) 
1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice 
Parmesan cheese to taste 
Directions: 

Boil water with a pinch of salt and a drop of virgin oil and cook the noodles. Grab a bowl and mix all the other ingredients(except the Parmesan), then set them aside. 

Drain and rinse the pasta and add the mixture to it. Stir and toss until it’s blended. Sprinkle with Parmesan upon serving. 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that, guys! It’s the perfect meal after a long way at the office or paired up with a bottle of Chardonnay on date night! 

Stay healthy! Silvia Mèlange