Pumpkin Pesto Pasta + Grapefruit Cranberry Fizz

We had quite the productive weekend!

Kevin has been working with our neighbors on our many ongoing backyard projects. By the end of the week we should have a fence, full deck [with stairs!], grass, trees, and a fire pit!

Before:

Progress:

Stopping for a much needed Corona.

I couldn’t be more excited to finally have a backyard!

While the boys were out sweating in the sun, I was nestled in my kitchen doing what I do best…

Creating!

I knew Kevin would be starving when he came in for dinner yesterday, so I whipped up a batch of pumpkin pesto [a recipe I created when Kevin’s family came for a visit], pasta, and bison steaks.

It definitely hit the spot.


Pumpkin Pesto Pasta
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 5-6 servings
 
A light and refreshing pesto complete with lemon and fresh herbs. High in vitamin B12 and ready in just 15 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz package of rice pasta – I used Rizopia
  • ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds [pepitas]
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon rice miso
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon herbamare
Toppings:
  • pine nuts + raw zucchini + fresh herbs
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, place all remaining ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Once pasta is complete, strain, rinse and place the pasta back in the pot. Add pesto and mix with a spoon until combined. Top with pine nuts, zucchini, and fresh herbs if you like.

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Before a couple of weeks ago, I’d never made pesto. As a kid my mom would buy the ridiculously oily version and I hated how greasy it was. So, when I moved out on my own I stuck strictly to tomato sauce.

Boy, was I missing out! Pesto can be so delicious, if you don’t already know.

For refreshments, I whipped up a couple batches of Grapefruit Cranberry Fizz drinks and then realized I’ve never shared the recipe with you! It’s a household favorite when the weather gets hot and there’s work to be done!

 

 

 

Grapefruit Cranberry Fizz
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Recipe type: Eating Style: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegetarian
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Serves: 2½ cups, or 2 servings
 
A refreshing drink for anytime of the year – jam packed with vitamin C!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mineral water
  • ½ grapefruit, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
Instructions
  1. Place everything but mineral water in a blender. Blend until the grapefruit is pureed. Pour into 2 glasses and add mineral water. Enjoy!

 

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Does your family have a favorite summer drink?

What backyard projects do you have this season?

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  1. Hi, the pepita pesto looks wonderful! I have always loved fresh homemade pesto sauce and since my diagnosis with an autoimmune disease I am happy to find an alternative to cheesy cream-filled versions. Quick question, what is the rice miso, and is there something I can use in its place, since I need to avoid soy? Thanks and I love your blog, so many fantastic ideas!

    • Hi Danielle – for the miso, you could try nutritional yeast!

  2. Congrats on the backyard, I can’t wait to see more pictures when it is done! The grapefruit cranberry fizz sounds wonderful, and is so pretty!

  3. mmm that looks wonderfully refreshing!

    We have nutritional yeast and I have yet to use in such a wonderfully creative way, thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Oh sweet fizziness…that drink looks SO good. I used to love going to Joey’s Restaurant last summer and ordering their strawberry or raspberry fizz drink and have been missing it like crazy since I no longer live by a Joey’s, but this is something that could easily replace it! Pesto looks amazing – I need to try your healthy version because I honestly don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed pesto in a healthy manor either!

    • I am right there with you at Joey’s. I love ALL of their drinks! But, the next day I always felt like garbage with all the sugar. Hope you enjoy the alternative :)

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