Last Nights Dinner 08.17.10

There is something really refreshing about eating a fresh tomato and Mozzarella salad and a fresh pesto sauce in the summer. My mom brought me a bunch of tomatoes from her garden when she came to visit last week so I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Such a super delicious meal for summer.


Balsamic VInegar

Fake Chick’n (or I made Steak for Kev)
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1. For the salad you just need to cut everything up and lay it on plate. I drizzled Balsamic vinegar over top of mine.
2. For pesto combine the spinach, pine nuts, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a processor. Pulse. With the machine running, add 1/3 cup of the oil, blend until creamy. Add salt and pepper. Pulse.
3. Scrap pesto into a bowl and gently mix in Parm. Cheese. Add more salt and pepper if you want.
4. Cook Meat however you chose.
5. Plate with salad and spoon pesto over the chick’n.

I have some art and craft related things to share later today. So check back!

  1. Mmmmm…caprese salad…my favorite

  2. Looks delicious and healthy! yummie 😀

  3. yum! this looks delish! what is the brand of the fake chick’n you used here?
    i loooove tomato and mozz salads!

  4. Me and Chris had homemade pizza (with orange bell pepper & basil) with a caprese salad (basil, tomato, fresh mozz, and balsamic vinegar)! Perfect for summer!

    Yum! It sounds like you and kev had a wonderful dinner!

  5. Yum! Looks delicious; I have always wanted to try chick’n, my veg friends rave about it.

  6. has kev ever tried being a vegetarian?

  7. I wanted to make fresh pesto this summer, but pine nuts are so expensive here! Did you pay lots for yours?? This looks super yummy!

  8. I love love LOVE tomatoes, mozzarella and basil….I could make a meal of just that easy! Looks amazing 🙂

  9. mmm, one of my favourite summer dishes!

    we had a party and made mini-caprese-salad-on-a-stick:

    two grape tomatoes on a toothpick with basil and pearl mozz in the middle…

    or I’ve seen people do it one skewers with cherry tomatoes…

  10. yum this looks delicious!! I’ve never tried Fake Chick’n. Have you tried the lentil loafs from Whole Foods? I think they’re called Field Loafs. They are sooo good! You slice them and you can grill them or do whatever. They’re delicious!

  11. Jenny D •

    I’m curious how you feel about cooking meet for Kev being a vegetarian?

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