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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times (what does that saying really mean by the way?), if there’s a food item I suggest every mom always keep in her fridge for a quick dinner fix, it’s pesto. Pesto is your best friend during those times when it’s late in the day and you’re officially too brain dead to make dinner — let alone think about what it should be. I should know, because I feel that way weekly.

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I’ve rarely met a kid who doesn’t enjoy pesto. Maybe it’s the unmistakable taste of Parmesan cheese which makes it so addictive for them. Mixed into rice or pasta, as part of an Egg Pesto Melt, whipped up in an omelette (as Chloe has been asking for all this week), or using a good thick spread of it on chicken or fish before baking, pesto is a miracle food which makes most any food taste better.

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Ensure your mealtimes will be super easy from now on. Just make a big batch of this Kale Pesto recipe, put some in the fridge, and then freeze the rest in small individual containers so you will always have some on hand when you need it. And trust me, once your kids taste this, you’re going to need some on hand!

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Kale Pesto

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Servings: 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Serve over rice, pasta or as a sandwich spread.
  • Note: If you don’t have toasted walnuts, you can easily make them. Just spread roughly chopped walnuts on a baking sheet and pop in a 400°F oven for five minutes.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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  2. hi..I just want to say that this recipe is really fantastic and simple one . I love this recipe..,we will make it once more,thanks for sharing this recipe with us

  3. hi..I just want to say that this recipe is really fantastic and simple one . I love this recipe..,we will make it once more,thanks for sharing this recipe with us

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  5. YUM YUM YUM! Made this with kale from the garden, toasted cashew nuts, halved the garlic and added bit more olive oil! This makes a very good dip as well as a fast, healthy, no fuss dinner! Thanks for sharing this recipe- awesome!

  6. Oh. My. Goodness!!! This was unbelievable. I used frozen kale so I had to bump up the amount of olive oil to get it to process but that’s ok with me. I used pecans instead of walnuts because that’s all I had in the house and it’s so delicious, I seriously want to just eat it with a spoon straight out of the blender.

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