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Everyday Erica is a space where I can be creative and share my recipes, travels, fitness ventures, and overall life experiences with the ones I love. I currently live Denver and enjoy all the things the mountains and city have to offer. I'm a planner who has learned you can't plan for life, so I'm going to enjoy the ride while I've got this chance. 

Kale and Preserved Lemon Pesto

Kale and Preserved Lemon Pesto

Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons

Oh HI! Nice to visit you again. It's been a minute...

I have been busy, but I have no idea with what. My life is fairly standard. Work, gym, eat, sleep. An occasion evening out to grab a beer. This is my 30s and I am OK with that. I've mostly been shut in recently reading. I finally finished "Gone with the Wind!" What an epic novel! I cannot believe I took on the challenge of reading it - it was supposed to be my "winter" read, but it brought me right into spring. It was long - 868 pages to be exact! And my poor book was falling in pieces by the end - Literally - the last 100 pages were not even in the book any more, but bound by a paper clip. I survived the book, however the book did not survive. It is not in pieces around the house (and the trash)! I pick up "The Goldfinch" for my next read, but before I start, I wanted to get a quick recipe out and focus on something else for a second.

Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons

How's your spring treating you so far? I am loving the sunlight in the evenings. And the morning like it alluring to me -- should I start running in the morning again? Should I ride my bike to work now? Or just keep sleeping in and drink my coffee getting ready slowly for my day. Hmm... the questions I think about. 

Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons

Oh - I also started playing in a softball league this spring! I know, the last thing I need is another hobby, but my co-worker invited me to join, so why not. It is once a week, slow pitch, and the game is over in less than an hour, so its not a huge commitment, but it has been fun! Last night we played our 3rd game and won. And we happen to be undefeated. I can't say I contribute much to our wins, but it is fun none the less. 

Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons

That's all my updates in life. And this pesto I whipped up and has been in most of the things I have been stuffing my face with. I have added to quinoa and rice, added it to salad with a little vinegar to make a dressing, it is great with smashed avocado on toast or with soft scrambled eggs. Now, you can only really benefit from this if you make a batch of those preserved lemons I posted last month -- or you can just pick up a jar (I am sure Amazon has some) and that would be an easier option, either way, this is now a staple in my kitchen. It just kinda came about when I was craving pesto, but had no basil in the house, but only an abundance of wilted kale. I gave it a shot and it turned out!

Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons
Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons
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Preserved Lemon Kale Pesto
A punchy, briney, pesto that can be your new best friend.
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and stems are optional
  • 1 rinsed and chopped preserved lemon
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts of your choice, I used pecans
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • olive oil
Instructions
1. Add the garlic and nuts to a food processor and pulse until chopped2. Add the preserved lemon and kale and run the processor continuously 3. While the processor is running, drizzle in olive oil until you get a desired consistency
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 servings
Kale Pesto with Preserved Meyer Lemons