It’s been a while, but it’s time for another Secret Recipe Club post!
This month I was assigned to Katherine’s blog: Katherine Martinelli. She has a beautiful blog and takes amazing photos. I drooled over pretty much everything, and after much deliberation I finally decided I was so intrigued by her Cilantro Pesto that I had to give it a try!
A few weeks ago, I was tweeting with Lauren and she was telling me how much she loved this roasted red pepper pesto! I was immediately in love and bookmarked the recipe. When I decided to make this cilantro pesto, I thought it’d be the perfect time to add in a roasted red pepper to it to tone down the cilantro a little.
So I made a few changes to Katherine’s recipe. I used almonds instead of pine nuts because I had them on hand, added a red pepper, decreased the oil and didn’t use any cheese!
Cilantro & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Prep Time: 5 min
Keywords: food processor healthy vegetarian red pepper cilantro
Ingredients (1/2 cup)
- 1 roasted red pepper, skin & seeds removed
- 1/3 raw almonds
- 2 cups cilantro leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- parmesan cheese if desired
Place the almonds and garlic in a food processor and pulse several times.
Add the cilantro and red pepper and process until smooth.
Slowly pour in the olive oil and process until well blended.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.
It turned out really well! I served in on some salmon but i’m putting the rest in the freezer for the next time I feel like making some bruschetta….and i’ll use the rest to make some pesto pasta. YUM!
Thanks to Katherine for the inspiration!
Weekend Workout- Saturday:
I put together a stability ball workout with cardio blasts. Each exercise was done for 50 sec. followed by 10 sec rest. This took 20 minutes, followed by an optional 5 minute ab workout that could be done once or twice.
If you’re not sure how to do any of these exercises using a stability ball, just google them! There are tons of videos out there to show you, but here’s a quick run down: One legged squats- place the ball between your back and a wall. Stand on one leg and squat down. The ball will roll down the wall with you. Seated shoulder press- Sit on the stability ball and do shoulder presses like normal Hamstring curl- Lay on the floor and place one foot on top of the ball. Roll the ball towards you using your hamstring and then roll it back out. Chest press: Place your feet on the floor and your upper back on the ball. Perform chest press like normal. One Legged Wall Sit- Place the stability ball between your back and the wall. Stand on one leg and roll down the wall until your leg is in a seated position. Hold. Seated lateral raises- Sit on the stability ball and perform lateral raises as usual Split squat- Put one foot, laces down on the top of the stability ball. Stretch your front leg out to a lunge position. Squat up and down. Decline pushups- Put your feet on the stability ball and your hands on the ground and do pushups. Abs: Oblique lifts- google this one Incline plank- Do a plank but put your forearms on the stability ball and keep your feet on the floor Knee tucks- put your hands on the floor and your legs on the stability ball. Pull your knees towards your stomach, rolling the ball in with them and back out Crunches- lay with your back on the stability ball and your feet on the floor and perform crunches like normal Enjoy! –Lindsay–