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Spinach Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
Watch your salt! This turned out too salty for me when followed exactly. It's better to leave out the salt until the end because your parmesan cheese (depending on the brand) can have a lot of salt in it. I also added extra garlic which can act as a salt-like flavoring to dishes and depending on how "garlicky" your garlic is, you may not even need salt. At the end, taste and if salt needs to be added. If so add in 1/4 tsp, taste again, then add more if needed. This is a very versatile recipe, perfect as-is (just add salt to taste instead of all at once) or easy to change up. I didn't have lemon zest so used an extra tbsp lemon juice instead. Added more olive oil for a thinner consistency, threw in more pine nuts for added taste and only used half the parmesan because that is all I had. I have also made this with more or less spinach or basil. This recipe adapts easily! Works in pasta or as a spread, just add more or less olive oil depending on the use.
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Lentil and Green Collard Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
To make this more as a main dish, add shredded chicken! A great way to use left over chicken and it makes this more of a meal. Also, I found this much too lemony and a bit too salty. I decreased the salt to 3 teaspoons, decreased the lemon to 3 tablespoons and added 2 teaspoons tumeric and 1 tsp of chili powder. Because I added chicken, I also added 1/2 cup more lentils and 2 cups more water (please note as you may want to decrease my recommended spice additions down if you don't add extra water/lentils). Also, I don't pre-saute the collard greens. I just throw everything including all the spices in the lentils and water as soon as it starts boiling. Also, watch your lentils! They cook fast and as soon as they are they will disintegrate in a matter of minutes. I like mine just partially dissolved and then you have to immediately remove from the heat to keep their substance. Some thought this watery but I like it a bit soupy so you can serve this over jasmine rice. Viola-you have a hearty, healthy and delicious dinner! See my custom version of this under my profile for full details on the changes.
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