Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

This easy homemade pesto recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. My favorite part of this recipe is that you can freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then have garden fresh pesto all year round!

My inspiration for this recipe came out of a need to make something with all of the fresh parsley growing in the garden. I had previously always made pesto with just basil. I discovered that adding parsley actually made my recipe better! It adds a nice subtle flavor that pairs perfectly with the basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Once you see how easy this homemade pesto recipe is, I promise you that you will never buy store bought pesto again!

Step 1: Prepare the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

cutting board with fresh basil, parsley and garlic on top

For this easy homemade pesto recipe you will need fresh basil and parsley. You cannot use dried herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh Parsley
  • 4 springs of fresh Basil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Step 2: Blend all the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

image of blender with parsley, basil and garlic

Step 3: Serve homemade pesto over pasta, veggies, fish or meat

This easy homemade pesto recipe is so versatile. I love to serve it over pasta for a simple and quick meal. My children love when I saute shrimp in the pesto mix and then add that over a pasta dish. I have most recently added it on top of veggie burgers and this has become my new favorite way to spice up a meal!

Homemade pesto on top of veggie burger with avocados and tomato slices

Above: Veggie burger topped with avocado, tomato slices and fresh pesto

Below: Pesto added to bow tie pasta

Homemade fresh pesto over bow tie pasta

Tip when making Homemade Pesto:

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Double the recipe and you will then have extra homemade pesto to freeze. The simplest way to freeze pesto is to add it into ice-cube trays. Then when you want to make homemade pesto another night, you can simply defrost 2-3 cubes and keep the rest frozen. I love the ice-cube trays linked below from Amazon, because they have lids which make freezing so simple!

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Home Decor

How to Create a Family Command Center

One way to simplify your home is to create a family command center. This is a place where you can conveniently store everyday items. Family command center walls can not only be a way to keep your family organized, but it can also be a stylish statement wall in your home. A place for you to show off your style while being organized at the same time!

When designing our families command center, I wanted a place where I could hang our keys, school lunch boxes and book bags, as well as a place to put all of the important papers that come home from school. In addition, with juggling 5 schedules, I wanted a place to keep track of all of our family activities. The calendar keeps us all on the same page and allows each family member to see the months scheduled appointments and commitments.

However, I did not want the space to look cluttered or in other words a “hot mess!” So by creating a command center wall you get the opportunity to design a functional, but also stylish place.

Here is a 4 step guide to creating a stylish and functional family command center.

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Creating a Family Command Center

Step 1: Decide on the Purpose of the Space

The 1st step to creating a family command center is to decide what you want the space to hold. For example, are you looking for a place to store bags or coats? Do you need a calendar for appointments? How about a place to hold your keys or more importantly now all the masks we have! Once you decide on what you want to store in the space you have, then you can begin the design process.

Step 2: Begin Designing the Space

Now that you now what you want to store in your family command center, you can begin to pick out the functional pieces. I started with the “stay awhile” sign (shown above) and began to choose decor and organizational pieces that matched the sign. I find that the best place to begin when designing a place in your home, is to choose 1 piece. Possibly a picture or sign or piece of furniture that you love and then search for coordinating pieces to match. In other words, you need your “inspiration” piece. Once you find that piece you can’t live without, then you have your inspiration and you can begin to pull together your whole design look or theme.

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Step 3: Choose your Layout

Now that you have chosen all of your pictures and organizational wall pieces, then lay them all out on the floor and choose your wall layout. It helps to move the pieces around to see a few looks before deciding on the final product. Tip: I find that laying all of the pieces together on a flat surface, helps you to see how it will look on your wall, without messing up your walls!

Step 4: Build the Command Center Wall

It is now time to hang up all of your items and pictures. Once you have all of the pieces hung up on the wall then you can begin to decorate and organize. Have fun with your design style!

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Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Easy Garlic and White Bean Hummus

This easy garlic and white bean hummus is so simple! It takes less than 5 minutes to make and will last about 1 week once refrigerated. If you like your hummus a bit more on the spicy side, like me, then add 3 garlic cloves, but for a less spicy and more mild hummus use 1-2 cloves of garlic instead.

This simple and quick recipe is great served as a delicious appetizer or as a tasty, healthy lunch. The best part is I promise your kids will not even know they are eating beans and this quick and easy recipe will become a requested family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 spring of fresh parsley
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon squeezed)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Drain and rinse the cannellini beans
  • Blend all the ingredients together in a blender

Blend until smooth and creamy. If too dry add more EVOO, until the hummus has a smooth consistency.

Serve with pita chips or sliced vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!

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Bush’s Best, Cannellini Beans White Kidney Beans, 15.5oz Can (Pack of 6) Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 101.4 Fl Oz

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