Saturday, February 09, 2008

When Breakfast is Too Typical, Sweet, or Boring: Wheat Pita and Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I have a salt-tooth (that's the opposite of a sweet tooth). And unfortunately for me and (awesome) people like me, breakfast can be the worst. You have your choice of something carby and sugary, or fatty (eggy) and salty. Or boring. Like fruit. So why not have a bit of healthy-lower-carb-bread (like whole-wheat pita) and some spread or sauce that you would have had at (or was left over from) dinner.

This looks gross, but it's absolutely flavorful and yummy--and satisfies your umami quotient. I made the spinach pesto the other night. Here's my typical haphazard (but easy) recipe:

1/2 cup spinach

1/3 cup sliced almonds

2 cloves garlic

1/3 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil

1 cup oil

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1/2 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to your fabulous taste

Combine all the ingredients (except the parmesan and oil) in blender. Gradually add the oil, maybe a tablespoon at a time. Blend/puree until the consistency of chunky paste (yum). Add salt and pepper. Put in bowl, then pour in the grated parmesan and blend with a fork--the consistency is chunkier and the flavor more nutty this way. Top your toasted pita with it.

That's it! Don't choke on it (as you gobble it down).

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