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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is delicious on pizza, pasta, a sandwich or chicken. This easy recipe is filled with flavor, healthy and gluten free!

Sun dried tomato pesto in small white bowl with gold spoon in bowl and sun dried tomatoes on the side

I love making my own pesto at home. From Walnut Sage to traditional Basil to Kale Pesto, I’m kind of a pesto fanatic!

Homemade pesto is so much better than store bought and it’s easy to make in just 5 minutes. It’s so incredibly flavorful, I promise after one bite you’ll be hooked on making your own pesto too!

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto has a sweeter taste than pesto made from greens. I love this recipe on a variety of dishes. Try it on a sandwich or panini! Add it to this Portobello Caprese Sandwich for a fun low carb meal.

It’s also great on pizza or pasta. I’ve used it in these recipes for Mini Polenta Pizzas and Vegetarian Pesto Tortellini.

It’s flavorful enough, that you can simply toss it with penne pasta and top it with a little fresh grated parmesan cheese for an easy meal, made in less than 15 minutes!

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Kale Pesto

Homemade kale pesto is an easy, healthy, gluten free recipe, made with 7 simple ingredients. It’s perfect for tossing on pasta, pizza or grilled chicken!

Kale pesto in white bowl with copper spoon in the bowl

I love pesto!

I love it so much that I’ve made 8 different varieties of pesto on the blog!

  1. Basil Pesto
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  3. Spinach Pesto
  4. Vegan Pesto
  5. Cilantro Lime Pesto
  6. Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto
  7. Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto
  8. Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things about pesto is it’s versatility. You can easily toss it on a pizza, pasta or eggs. Add it to a sandwich, grilled chicken or a salad.

Toss it in risotto or spread it on baked salmon. The options really are endless!

My other favorite thing about pesto is how easy it is to make. Toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and you’ve got delicious homemade pesto in just 5 minutes!

This kale pesto is not only easy, delicious and versatile, it’s also packed with health benefits!

Kale helps with cancer prevention, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium. It also contains 15% vitamin B6, 40% magnesium, 180% vitamin A, 200% vitamin C and 1,020% vitamin K.

It is also a good source of five minerals, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

This recipe has 4 cups of kale in it. That’s a lot of vitamins!

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Chimichurri Sauce

Just 8 simple ingredients are combined in 5 minutes to make this easy and authentic chimichurri sauce, perfect for topping grilled steak, chicken, shrimp or veggies!

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce with Parsley, Garlic and Olive Oil

I’m obsessed with adding chimichurri sauce to just about everything I grill! From Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, to Grilled Veggie Tacos, to Grilled Shrimp Skewers, this Argentinian sauce is a great addition to your summer grilling menu!

I make a triple batch of this recipe about once a month and keep it in a mason jar in the refrigerator to add to grilled steak, tacos, eggs and buddha bowls. There’s seriously not much I wouldn’t put this delicious sauce on! The best part is, it only takes 5 minutes to toss together and will stay good for up to two weeks in the refrigerator!

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Green Tahini Sauce

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Sauce and dip, a delicious and healthy staple on my Trader Joe’s shopping list that has magically disappeared from my local store. Say what?! I know, the travesty is real y’all!

I went to pick up a tub of this delicious sauce last week to top my Grilled Veggie Green Buddha Bowls and there was none to be found. It’s slot in the refrigerator section wasn’t even there anymore. Could this be another delicious Trader Joe’s product gone into retirement? I don’t know, but just in case, I’m now prepared to make my own at home!

Luckily, this green tahini sauce is so easy to make at home!

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29 Minute Spaghetti Sauce

Ditch the store-bought jar for this easy spaghetti sauce recipe, made in under 30 minutes! It’s delicious, gluten free & vegan!

Ditch the store-bought jar for this easy spaghetti sauce recipe, made in under 30 minutes! It's delicious, gluten free & vegan!

I’ve been making this spaghetti sauce for years to toss with pasta, top chicken parmesan and spread over pizza, so I decided it was about time it got it’s own blog post!

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Thai Peanut Sauce

Whether you drizzle it over buddha bowls, add it to pizza or toss it with noodles, this easy 10 minute Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is sure to be a hit!

Whether you drizzle it over buddha bowls, add it to pizza or toss it with noodles, this easy 10 minute Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is sure to be a hit!

This is one of those recipes I’ve been making for years, but it’s never had it’s own blog post. Until today, that is!

I’ve used this Thai Peanut Sauce as a side for dipping, to drizzle over recipes and to toss with recipes!

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Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

Italian sausage & penne pasta is tossed in a deliciously simple & creamy four cheese tomato sauce for one scrumptious meal, made in just 30 minutes!

Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce Recipe

I love pasta and I love cheese, so making cheesy delicious pastas is kind of my thing!

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Cheesy Taco Baked Ziti to Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta, I’ve shared many cheesy pasta dishes on the blog over the years and I’m so excited to introduce you to another deliciously cheesy recipe today!

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Arugula Walnut Blue Cheese Pesto

This rich walnut blue cheese pesto combines arugula with blue cheese and walnuts for a bold, creamy sauce, perfect for serving on top of grilled steak!

Arugula Green Onion Pesto

I needed the perfect sauce to top my Walnut Crusted Grilled Tri Tip, so I thought why not incorporate more walnuts, add some fresh arugula and green onions, then throw in some blue cheese. Because what is better on a freshly grilled steak, than flavorful blue cheese!

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Chicken Mole


Holy Mole, I am so excited to share this recipe with you all!

My mole mission began when a friend brought me fresh chilies and peppers he had grown. I decided to put them to good use and make my first mole!  The sauce is slightly spicy on the stove, but cooks out in the oven for the final product with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

I know the laundry list of ingredients is intimidating for some people, but never fear, this recipe is not as hard as you think and definitely worth the time, effort and ingredients!

Ingredients (mole sauce – serves 8)

  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 large anaheim chili (chopped)
  • 4 pasilla chilies (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6 small serrano peppers (chopped)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (not pictured – for garnish)
  • 4 oz queso fresco (not pictured – for topping)

Ingredients (chicken)

  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Start by roasting the tomatillos on the grill or in the broiler until lightly charred on the outside. Set to the side and allow to cool.

Next, lightly brown the anaheim and pasilla chilies on the stove top in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the skillet and add to a medium bowl with the raisins.  Cover with warm water then set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat add the almonds, sesame seeds, ground cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and oregano.

Toast for 2-3 minutes then place in a spice grinder and ground until a powder forms. If you do not have a spice grinder a coffee grinder works well or a small food processor.

Still using that same skillet (yay for less dishes!) add the olive oil, onions, garlic and serrano peppers.

Brown in the skillet until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Now peel the cooled tomatillos and place in a blender or food processor with the ground spices.

Next add the vegetables, chocolate, peanut butter and brown sugar to the blender. Then add the peppers, raisins and a small amount of the soaking liquid.  Start with about 1/2 cup, then add more if the sauce is too thick.

Blend well.  This could take 3-5 minutes, that’s a lot of yumminess to blend together!

When blended well enough that no large chunks exist, transfer the mole sauce back to that one amazing skillet over low to medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s time to prepare the chicken.

I know what you’re thinking “this seems like a lot of work”, but see how delicious that sauce looks, I promise it smells and tastes even 10 times better!

Have I convinced you to keep going?  I hope so, because it’s easy, breezy from here on out!

Place the chicken breasts in a large pot and cover with water. Place on the skillet and bring to a boil.

Add the chicken bouillon, cinnamon stick, white wine and sliced lemon, squeezing the juice out as you add them to the water.

Boil for 10 minutes, then drain.

Add the chicken breasts to a large casserole or baking dish.

Cover with the mole sauce.

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.

Serve on a bed of cilantro lime rice topped with queso fresco and fresh cilantro.

I also served mine with a side of Rajas Con Crema.

A little close up of the goodness…