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Detox Day 2 - recipes

As promised, here are the sauce recipes from Tuesday night’s dinner.  I recommend making them, detox or not!  I really didn’t think the kale pesto was going to be that great, especially with the substitutions I made.  The red sauce was made in case the pesto didn’t work out.  Having 2 successful sauces in 1 night, was definitely exciting.  You can never have too many sauce recipes!

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Kale Pesto – vegan/gf/soy free – yields ~1c [adapted from Jan/Feb Vegetarian Times Kale Pecan Pesto]

  • 1, 12oz bunch kale [any type], washed + de-stemmed
  • 2T walnuts
  • 3T almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5T nutritional yeast
  • 3T olive oil
  • black pepper
  • pinch of salt [I used less than 1/8t total, but you may want more]
  • ~2-3T cooking water [from kale]
  1. In a large pot, bring 1.5c water to a boil. 
  2. Add in torn, de-stemmed kale and cover for about 4-5min.  Kale should be wilted but still bright green.
  3. Drain liquid into a bowl and reserve.
  4. In a food processor, process nuts + garlic until fine.
  5. Add in kale and process, until combined.  Scrape the bowl as necessary.
  6. Add in the olive oil, salt + pepper.  Process again.
  7. Add in nutritional yeast + 2T cooking water.
  8. Process again, scraping when necessary, until desired consistency is reached.  Add in more cooking water, a little at a time, if desired.

*You can toast your nuts if you choose or add other spices, if you like. 

The red sauce came from my go-to recipe.  I left out salt + sugar in this version and added apple cider vinegar on a whim.  It totally worked!  I think I’ll be sticking to this version from here on out!

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Red Sauce – vegan/gf/sugar free/soy free

  • 28oz can diced tomatoes, drain 1/2c liquid from can
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1/2t onion powder
  • 1.5T oregano
  • 2t thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2t basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes [optional]
  • 3T apple cider vinegar [unfiltered]
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large pot over medium with about 2T olive oil. 
  2. Add tomatoes + juice [minus 1/2c of liquid] to the pot.  Careful, it will spatter!
  3. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add all seasonings, apple cider vinegar + tomato paste. 
  5. Stir + reduce heat to med/low bringing to a strong simmer.
  6. Let cook for about 10-15min, stirring once in awhile.
  7. Turn the heat down to a light simmer and cook until desired thickness is reached.

*You can definitely process or blend the sauce after it’s done cooking, if you like a smooth sauce.

*You could also use whole peeled tomatoes and just chop/mash them up a bit when you add them to the pot.

I reserved a little bit of the raw kale to the side, before making the pesto, because the bunch was huge.  I chopped it and added to the hot, brown rice pasta, which slightly wilted it. 

Happy clean eating!

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Dinner tonight?



Reader Comments (58)

That pesto! I can think of a thousand things to use it for! Once I'm not iced in, I need to stock up on the ingredients. Clean eating never looked so good...

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy @ KristyRuns

Both of the sauces look great, but I can think of a million things I want to do with this pesto!!!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

I am so hungry right now! That kale pesto is screaming my name too...this could be dangerous...

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

That pesto looks awesome - I am currently not in the market to buy basil as it is like one million dollars this time of year. But kale I can do!!!

WOW just bookmarked this page for BOTH of those recipes :) you are fabulousssss

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

I agree that you can never have too many sauce recipes and both of those look YUM! :-)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @ One Sweet Vegan

Lovin' that green sauce recipe! My dinner is leftovers also, lentil chili!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy @ Every Little Thing

Cute dinner! Very creative pesto!

That Kale pesto looks absolutely delicious. I'll have to give it a whirl sometime soon.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn Coyne

Oh wow, I was just starting to get used to the idea of subbing walnuts for pine nuts in the pesto recipe. I didn't know that you could have kale in it too! Definitely a recipe worth checking out and recreating in my own kitchen :)

I'm actually intrigued by the idea of you doing a detox. I've tried to do one in the past, but not with much luck, mainly because my intentions and motivations for wanting to do the detox in the first place were not pure (it was to lose weight - and not the healthy way). Still, I really admire you and your restraint to go through with the detox; I know that it can't be easy. :-D

Looking forward to reading more about your detox!

Loving your detox posts - very inspiring. Question about the red sauce: Why do you reserve 1/2 cup of the diced tomato liquid?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

So creative!!! And I love your go-to sauce recipe. I've been looking for one recently, and I totally might have to steal this!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Hi Ashley~

I was wondering if you are if you were following a specific detox plan or is it something that you came up with. I too find it very interesting!!


January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

GREAT recipes! Now I'm just wondering if they would still taste edible if I didn't boil anything and put it in the vita all raw??

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I need to do this detox with you! lol all your eats look so delish!!

I'm loving these posts! I really am not a fan of detoxes because they are usually so restrictive that they are unhealthy and I think they just screw with your metabolism and end up hurting you..
yours isn't like that. You're still eating a lot of calories--good calories! and not being restrictive. I think that this is great for people who are yo yo dieters or always planning their next detox to read!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

kale pesto!! you are so smart! i'm "non-restrictively" detoxing right now as well, and will have to try this! thanks!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharliegirl

So beautiful and vibrant! Kale pesto is a great idea

Have you lost weight so far?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

I'm on a detox too! Aka green smoothies are currently my staple since I don't have a juicer;)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

You are so creative, Ashley!! I love that dinner idea - crunchy lettuce + flavorful sauce + pasta sounds awesome.

This kale pesto looks good! I made a kale pesto (actually from 101Cookbooks) the other night, but I wasn't actually very impressed, which I am surprised to say. It was pretty bland. This version looks a lot more interesting though!

I couldn't agree more with your calculation! YUM!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison @ Happy Tales

MUST try out that Red Sauce!!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison @ Happy Tales

You're making me hungry again and I ALREADY ate dinner-- sheesh! :)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I totally need to try this sauce! I'm Italian - so I know my sauces lol can't wait to read more about your detox dieting!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlycia [Fit n Fresh]

Ut oh....I'm scared for you to make it. ;)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I make myself hungry when I post this after dinner!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Crazy...I haven't seen that recipe! I'll have to check it out and compare. Let me know if you try my version!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks was extremely tasty!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely need to incorporate more smoothies!! :) Good luck to you!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm not sure. I haven't weighed myself in about 2 weeks. I think I might lose 2-3 pounds from not eating wheat/bread type foods and also from water retention. I could always tell my body was retaining water and I'm sure this is helping to release it. I've felt like my stomach is flatter..but that is just because I haven't been quite as bloated. I'm not trying to lose weight at all, but just get my stomach back in check! :)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Charlie!!!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good luck to you too!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Abby. :) I totally agree about some detoxes that end up doing more harm than good, unless you are really really careful. I'm trying to make it obvious through my photos + snack explanations that I'm eating...a lot!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was definitely thinking about that and I bet it would totally work.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No..I probably should be [hehe], but am just kind of doing this on my own, reading things here and there and talking to others that have done similar "detoxes."

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Anne!! Ooh, I actually meant to discard 1/2c of the liquid. I'll go back and make that more clear. :)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Sylvia. :) It's been great so far but definitely an adjustment.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you lovely. :)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Dangerously delicious.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That kale pesto looks AMAZING! I've been trying to find ways to incorporate more kale into my diet too! Quick question- how much pasta does 1 cup of pesto usually cover?


January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

When I did a 21-day cleanse last year, I discovered Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal - at Marc's in Cleveland. Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, corn, sorghum, buckwheat. It IS mighty tasty!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoira Lardakis

Thanks for the tip Moira! That ingredient list sounds great. :)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well, we got 4 servings out of it. I was very liberal. :) It could have been thinned out a little more too and stretched a little further. It would probably be fine covering 1 box of pasta or a little less.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great! Thanks so much!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

i'm enjoying reading about your detox. I had such a fantastic success with a detox that I did this past june for a month...i lost (and kept off!) all the weight that I gained from stomach issues that I had been having (related to gluten) and feel 100%'s inspiring to see you go through the whole process, and motivating me for the detox I'm planning in the spring...perhaps I'll do a mini one this month...there's just something so fantastic about it.
keep it up!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

Congrats Lauren. That's so great to hear!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] first read about Kale Pesto on Ashley’s blog. Really, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I’ve made broccoli pesto [...]

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIt Ain’t Easy Being Gree

[...] I saw Ashley’s recipe for kale pesto I knew I had to try it. I usually use Trader Joe’s spaghetti sauce [...]

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhat’s Cookin | Delish W

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