Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles for #SundaySupper

Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles

Happy 2015! I hope that a new year means exciting new things for you so far! As we embark on a new year with new intentions, goals, and choices, why not start on the right foot? My very first recipe for 2015 is a healthy and delicious one: Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles. For today’s Sunday Supper, we happen to be sharing lightened up recipes…so there are sure to be many to inspire you!

Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles

Oh yes. The squash noodle obsession that I started in 2014 (ex – angel hair and zucchini noodles with fresh tomato sauce and zucchini noodles with basil vinaigrette) is definitely going to continue this year. And with so many people opting for resolutions to make healthier choices in the kitchen, today’s recipe is one I’m happy to place on the table. As for my health-related resolution: I am going to continue to make as many healthy and whole food recipes as possible, and make even more efforts to remove processed food from the kitchen (and maybe create some of those items homemade instead).

Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles

To start this recipe: kale pesto. At first it doesn’t sound like it would be as awesome as a basil pesto you’re accustomed to. But after I whipped up a batch and served it to Justin, he confirmed to me that he wouldn’t have known it was kale (and he is not someone who gets excited about kale, by the way). Another plus? It’s much more affordable to create a pesto with kale than with basil, and you can whip up a huge quantity to save for later use with ease. In fact, I made double of what I list for this recipe just because I wanted to save it – it’s been popped into ice cube trays and frozen for later use.

Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles

But you can’t just have the kale pesto alone. Tossing it with squash noodles and sauteeing for just a few minutes to warm everything through is all you need, and then you have a delicious side dish or main course (pop a fried or poached egg on top for a vegetarian version, or a grilled chicken breast for the meat eater in your life). You could also add some extra goodies to the mix: a few cherry tomatoes or some sundried tomatoes would be a welcome addition! Options: you have them.

And of course, one of the best parts is that this dish is a nice, healthy choice that is lighter than your average pasta dish. I honestly don’t even miss the pasta in this case; I could eat the entire bowl just by myself and be a happy camper. Plus, if you have someone who is reluctant to try kale, this could be a way to turn them into a believer.

So – did you make any healthy resolutions for 2015? What are your goals?

Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles

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An easy to make, healthy, and flavorful side or main dish: Kale Pesto with Squash Noodles!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4 side dish servings or 2 main course servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • 3 tablespoons basil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 4 medium squash (mix of zucchini and yellow)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, lightly toast the pecans for about 5 minutes, tossing gently halfway through. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Add kale, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pecans into a food processor. Pulse about 10-12 times until finely chopped.
  3. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the processor as you continue to pulse, until incorporated. Yields about 1 cup of pesto.
  4. Use a spiralizing tool to create squash noodles. Meanwhile, heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat.
  5. Place the squash noodles and 6 tablespoons of pesto into the skillet and toss to coat until the noodles are heated through (about 5 minutes).
  6. Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese (and any additional toppings desired): enjoy!

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French 75 Cocktail for #SundaySupper

French 75 Cocktail

I can hardly believe that 2014 is about to come to a close. It seems like just yesterday I was reflecting back on 2013 and making my plans and goals for this year. And as this calendar year is about to expire, there are still a few things I have been hoping to accomplish beforehand. One of them is to make a classic cocktail I’ve been craving: the French 75 Cocktail.

French 75 Cocktail

Here’s the thing: when it comes to creating cocktails at home I definitely tend to lean toward the simpler side. I don’t want to mess with 100 different complicated ingredients. Right off the bat, the French 75 fits the bill. You probably already have everything on-hand in your kitchen, with only four simple ingredients it isn’t too difficult! And even though it is simple to make, the presentation is oh so fun – who doesn’t like feeling fancy with a fluted glass in hand? And the flavor is just what I like: it’s light but flavorful. You get the tart bite of the lemon, but it is softened out by the sparkling wine. The hints of gin that forms the base of the cocktail is a lovely note as well!

French 75 Cocktail

I have sampled some French 75s at various restaurants throughout the year, and they have always been a favorite. They’re crisp, sparkling, and festive! The recipe is a classic, but I’ve seen various versions; some use more gin. Some use simple syrup in the cocktail, some just use superfine sugar in the shaker. Overall, the flavor profile remains the same. Anyway, I’ve been craving one for while now, and with the New Year about to arrive, a sparkling wine/champagne cocktail seems like the perfect way to toast to 2015. Am I right? So, I’m quenching my thirst for this particular recipe today, and perhaps you will too…serve one of these pretty concoctions at your New Year’s Eve celebration!

French 75 Cocktail

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French 75 Cocktail
 
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A classic gin cocktail topped with sparkling wine!
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Recipe type: drink
Cuisine: cocktail
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons super fine sugar
  • 6 ounces sparkling wine (or champagne)
Instructions
  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, and sugar into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled (about 15-20 seconds).
  2. Strain into 2 flute glasses, then top with sparkling wine/champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!

French 75 Cocktail

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Cranberry Moscow Mule for #SundaySupper

Are you ready to be in the holiday “spirit?” Of course, there are so many wonderful holiday details and happenings to be seen lately, and it really makes me feel like it is the most wonderful time of the year. However, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a festive cocktail or two, so today’s Cranberry Moscow Mule should do the trick: it’s an easy to make and oh so delicious drink everyone will enjoy…and is perfect for today’s Sunday Supper of libational recipes!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

You’ve probably seen them on drink menus everywhere: the Moscow Mule has been so very popular in the last year or so. Part of it might be the simple and delicious flavor…some of it might be the allure of the eye catching copper mug it is served in. I have to admit: it drew my attention from the start!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Admittedly, I am not one for crafting cocktails with 100 different ingredients: I like to keep it simple, and this Cranberry Moscow Mule contains the bar staples I pretty much always have on hand. My biggest challenge with this drink is finding my favorite ginger beer to use. I am telling you – I’ve probably sampled every label there is out there. Some are more sweet, some are more spicy…it just depends. Ginger beer is pretty easy to find nowadays (I have even seen it in my local grocery store), but if you really are in a pinch and can’t procure ginger beer, you could substitute some ginger ale. It won’t be exactly the same, but hey: sometimes you have to improvise. If you wanted to create a virgin version of this drink, simply leave out the vodka – it will still be a festive and tasty beverage (note: ginger beer is non-alcoholic….despite the name “beer”).

Cranberry Moscow Mule

As for the mugs: I highly recommend getting a set of copper ones if you love a Moscow Mule as much as I do. Although it isn’t a required piece of the puzzle for this cocktail, it really does add an extra bit of excitement. Plus – the copper mug keeps your beverage cold for SO much longer than a regular glass. I’ve been seeing copper mugs everywhere lately – even at Target! This particular set, however, was a gift from Justin. Our pair are handcrafted 100% copper (no stainless steel inside like you see on a lot of the mugs), and I love the hammered, rustic look!

So – what are your favorite libational recipes you enjoy during the holiday season?

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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An easy to make, festive, and fun cocktail: the Cranberry Moscow Mule will get you in the holiday "spirit!"
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Squeeze of lime (about ¼ of a lime)
Instructions
  1. Fill a copper mug ⅔ full with crushed ice.
  2. Add ginger beer, cranberry juice, and lime. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts for #SundaySupper

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

I adore the holiday season. The last few weeks of each year are always filled with warm fuzzy feelings, quality family time, and fun! I definitely cherish this time of the year; it’s an opportunity to celebrate, and even indulge a little bit. That’s where these sour cream coffee cake donuts come into play.

Today, the Sunday Supper family is getting together with Gallo Family Vineyards to share memorable holiday meals and traditions. My family happens to have a few of them that I look forward to each year. First: our Christmas Eve dinner. It has become a tradition for us to stand in the kitchen, eat appetizers, pour glasses of wine, and work together to make homemade pasta for dinner. It can be a time consuming process (and it might take longer because we are talking, laughing, and goofing around), but the end result is always an incredibly satisfying and delicious meal that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. Some years it is linguine or spaghetti, some years it is ravioli; we love trying out new combinations, fillings, and more!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

But when it comes to Christmas morning, it is all about brunch! Instead of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Christmas, my family likes to stick to brunch fare a little later on in the morning. I absolutely love this, as it is a rare occasion that I get to enjoy brunch. And when I do I usually tend to stick to healthier options, even when I long for indulgent dishes. But when it comes to the holidays all bets are off: bring on the pastries!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

I have been dying to make homemade donuts for quite some time, and they are the perfect brunch fare for the holidays. These sour cream coffee cake donuts in particular are pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. I love coffee cake, but rarely create it in my kitchen; I need to be able to feed a crowd if I make a large cake. So, I decided to shrink down that coffee cake into a more manageable form: donuts! The final results are handheld, sweet, fluffy, and will be hard for you to resist when you place them on your holiday table. If any of them manage to last past the breakfast/brunch hour, they make a great dessert option as well.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

Gallo Holiday Wine

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a bit of wine involved (and brunch is a great time for it)! These sour cream coffee cake donuts are even better when paired with one of Gallo Family Vineyards’ limited edition seasonal wines – the Holiday White Blend! This wine brings forth hints of crisp green apple and sweet caramel. If you are a fan of Gallo Family’s Moscato, this is the wine to try! It is a fantastic match for these donuts, as the flavors pair nicely with and array of desserts. If you’re looking for a red wine, consider the Holiday Red Blend, which offers hints of juicy mixed berries and chocolate (and would be a great choice for those who enjoy Gallo Family’s Merlot).

So – do you have memorable holiday meals and traditions with your family and friends? What are they?

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

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An easy recipe for delicious coffee cake donuts, perfect for breakfast or brunch on the holidays!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 dozen donuts
Ingredients
  • For the donuts:
  • ¾ cup ultra fine sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup low fat sour cream
  • For the streusel
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the sugar, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until fluffy. Add the egg, beating well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add it to the sugar and butter mixer, along with the sour cream. Beat until blended.
  4. In another bowl, mix the streusel ingredients with a fork until blended.
  5. Add about a tablespoon of streusel into the bottom of a nonstick donut pan greased with cooking spreay. Add batter on top, filling the wells about ⅔ of the way full with the batter. Add an additional sprinkling of streusel on the top (an additional tablespoon).
  6. Bake for about 11 minutes, until the donuts spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the donuts to rest before removing them from the pan.
  8. Mix together the ingredients for the glaze, then use the tines of a fork to drizzle the glaze over the top of the donuts. If desired, you can dunk the donuts directly in the glaze to fully coat the tops.
  9. Serve, and enjoy!

 

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