I try to be good about not wasting food, but it's tough when you live alone. There is only so much food you can eat and/or freeze, especially when it comes to fruits and veggies. Too many turn before I get a chance to get to them. I've been eating a LOT of Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad lately, and it occurred to me that, although I had used beet greens in a Greens and Beans recipe a while back, I usually end up throwing them away. This time, the greens were so pretty, I couldn't bring myself to toss them, so I decided to try a pesto.
I took a chance on the color being something less than appetizing by keeping the purple stalks intact. It doesn't have that bright green, vibrant color of some other pestos, but it is equally delicious. I also don't normally bother toasting my nuts for pesto, but since these had been in the freezer for quite a while, I wanted to toast them first to bring some life back to them.
1 bunch beet greens
1 c pecans
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t salt
1/2 t crushed red pepper
1/2 c parsley
1/2 c grated Parmesan
Whenever I make a batch of pesto, since I won't be using it all at once, I like to portion it out into little silicon molds, or even muffin tins, freeze it, then pop them into a zip-top bag. Two of my favorite uses for pesto are slathering it on chicken before baking, or whisking in a little red-wine vinegar for a salad dressing. I't also great on pizza and bruschetta, and of course, pasta.
Welcome to the Hye Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.
Whether you like to cook, bake, have never done either, or just like to play with your food...come on in and join me! :)