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    Kale and Green Pea Pesto

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    30 mins

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    Just Garlic's Note:

    Silky and sweet from the peas, with a boost of nutrients from the kale, this is just fantastic for any normal pesto application. Happens to be vegan, too! Stir into noodles, use it to sauce a pizza, spread on toasted baguettes as an appetizer--many possibilities. Amounts are, as always, just estimates. This makes a fairly large amount of pesto; I found that it keeps very well in the fridge, staying bright green if topped in its airtight container with just a bit of extra lemon juice.

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    1. 1
      Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan (use one with a lid--you'll need it in a minute).
    2. 2
      Add and cook the kale on medium heat until it just begins to get tender, then add the minced garlic and cook 1 more minute until garlic becomes fragrant.
    3. 3
      Now add the peas, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, stir well, then add the lemon juice, a splash of water, and cover the pan.
    4. 4
      Once the peas are warmed through, turn off the heat and uncover.
    5. 5
      Carefully pour your cooked veggies into your food processor and pulse several times. Begin processing (lowest speed if you happen to have options), adding additional olive oil in a thin stream as necessary to achieve your desired consistency. If I have it around, I like to use the liquid from a jar of good olives at this point instead of the olive oil: it's up to you.
    6. 6
      Once you've reached a smooth consistency you're happy with, taste the pesto for seasoning. Add more salt/lemon juice/pepper as desired, pulse to combine, then you're done and ready to use your pesto!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kale and Green Pea Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (46 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 71.4
    Calories from Fat 33
    Total Fat 3.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 192.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 1.8 g
    Protein 2.6 g

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