Niki’s Grilled Polenta Slices with Pesto

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Super Quick

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Good evening my bella readers,

Today is the last day of my Italian week here at nikibakes and I wanted to share my grilled polenta slices with you all. It’s so simple but truly satisfying and tasty. This gluten free and veg wonder is also very versatile in that you could add it as a side to your next steak or meat dinner or even as a light lunch with some salad, the choices are truly endless!

 

All you need is:

250g of cooked polenta, cooled and poured into a square pyrex dish to set

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Extra olive oil to brush the polenta steaks

 

For the Pesto sauce:

 

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 handful of basil

2 garlic cloves

½ cup of almonds

 

Simply slice your polenta into ½ inch thick slices and season your delicious slabs. Set aside. In a food processor blend together the olive oil, basil, garlic cloves and almonds until a lovely and aromatic pesto sauce forms. Next, heat your grill pan over medium high heat and lightly brush your polenta slices with olive oil. Grill each polenta slice on both sides for 3-5 minutes each. Serve warm with your pesto sauced drizzled over. Enjoy!

 

Ciao for now!

Happy Baking

Niki

Niki’s Cashew-Kale Pesto

Christmas, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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Happy New year my wonderful readers!
I do hope you all had a great Christmas and hopefully an even better New Year. I know that 2015 will be out year! Parties. Parties. I know, at the moment everyone seems to be in the partying mood and although there is nothing wrong with that, it is so easy to slip into bad eating habits. You think to yourself it’s okay to have a nibble here or there or perhaps just an extra glass of wine. Well, it’s so difficult to say no, especially when everyone else is joining in, but hopefully my Kale-Cashew Pesto will lift your spirits and give you that excellent healthy boost for the festivities that lie ahead.
All you need for my super simple pesto is:
1 standard bag of Kale
1 handful of cashew nuts
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Full seasoning

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Simply blitz in a food processor and your super speedy pesto is ready to go with your regular pasta (I go for gluten-free) or some crusty brown bread.
Enjoy my readers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Niki x