Don't Like Kale? Try Making Pesto with It.

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Raw pecans add sweetness and a pleasant nutty flavor to the pesto. The pecans also give the pesto more body than I'd get with only pureed leaves. Fresh lemon juice, olive oil, a little nutmeg, and some salt and pepper finish the pesto. I used a Meyer lemon, which is sweeter than a regular lemon, but any lemon will work. I made a conscious decision not to add grated cheese to the pesto. My go-to recipe for basil pesto uses Parmesan, but I wanted to keep the kale pesto vegan. The addition of a cheese would only make it better.

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Andy Broder
Gnocchi with Kale Pesto
I like to keep a package or two of gnocchi in the pantry, which like pasta comes in handy when I'm making dinner on the fly. Admittedly, this is most of the time when I'm not cooking at work. Topped with a little slivered shallot and fresh red pepper the gnocchi with kale pesto makes a hearty dinner. Bottom line: Even if you're not impressed with kale, it's hard not to like pesto.

Andy Broder is the chef/owner of AndyFood, A Culinary Studio.

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