Licking My Chops…

by laury on September 12, 2011 · 27 comments

Thank you so much for sharing your “where I was” stories yesterday. I felt very emotional all day, as I am sure many American’s did. I started watching CNN yesterday morning around 8:30 and it was weird knowing at 8:56 that 10 years ago, to the minute was when the first plane hit. It was hard seeing all the families that lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them. Michael and I watched the documentary a man was making on the fireman when it just so happened to be the day of the attack. It was very interesting and although I always knew they were heroes and were absolutely incredible that day…I have a whole new respect for them. Especially seeing what some of them are going through today.I went back and found Howard Sterns broadcast and listened to it again. I was wrong about interviewing Pam…he was talking about her. Anyway..he did a nice job. It was like listening to a regular person telling you what was happening.

 On a lighter note…we had a pretty decent weekend.

My highlight….

I made Oh She Glows Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

When she posted it last week I could almost taste those tomatoes and knew I just HAD to make it!!!

I pretty much followed it exactly exactly with a few very slight changes.

Instead of whole wheat pasta I did it over zucchini pasta.

Give yourself enough prep time because the tomatoes roast for a while. Mine took about an hour and 5 minutes.

Instead of using raw garlic (which doesn’t agree with me) I roasted two cloves in with the tomatoes for about 30 minutes

Measured out some tightly packed basil:

I liked how she uses something other than pine nuts.

When you grind it up you can smell a “cheesy” flavor. Between that and the noosh it makes a nice addition to the pesto:

I also added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to add a little spice. Angela said that she used a good amount of salt, and I am not a salt person but it when I tried to use a little I ended up adding the amount she recommended.

SUCH great flavor.


This isn’t necesarry but if you are making zucchini pasta and want to soften it…all you do it begin to boil a little water. Just simmer it until it starts to bubble. Remove it from the heat then pour it over the zucchini pasta for 10-20 minutes:

Dry it really well using a salad spinner or paper towels then add your sauce:

Oh She Glows Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

Make it. You will not be disappointed!

I had the leftovers for lunch today. Totally licking my chops 😉


My friend, Jen is hosting another FREE teleseminar on 5 ways gluten sneaks into your diet. If you are GF or recently found out that you need to avoid it I would sign up! It’s THIS Wednesday September 14 at 7 PM ET.

What was the best blogger dish (from another blog) you made recently??? Or what blogger dish are you pining over?


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1 carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) September 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

oh my gosh. please make me that now


2 thehealthyapron September 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I’m going to use the leftover pesto on my homemade pizza tonight!I think it’lll taste great with grilled veggies and a little bit of feta throughout!


3 laury September 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

that sounds so good! I have a pesto pizza recipe up my sleeve I’ve been meaning to make for the blog!


4 Carmen Jr September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Wow Laury, that looks amazing! This post made me really hungry reading it. Great job! You have to cook it for me sometime now that the secret is out.


5 laury September 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Awwww, CJ Thanks! It was so easy to make ans cheap! You can use any kind of pasta you like! Miss you!


6 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’ve been eyeing lots of good soup recipes that I’ve seen people making recently! With the weather getting chilly, I’m all about making soups that people suggest!


7 Morgan September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

That looks AMAZING! I love that kind of food! YUM! I think one of my favorite dishes right now is a panini thats my Moms recipe! It is TO DIE FOR but I can’t give the goods out because she is entering it into a contest. But a close second on a favorite of mine would be (also from my lovfely mother) her Zucchini quinoa lasagna. LOVE. So good and so healthy! Here is the link to that! A must make! Love ya girlie!


8 laury September 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Ohhhh I am going to check that out!!! And I am eying your pizza. i seriously have been meaning to test vegan pizzas for the blog. I am obsessed with the Amy’s pizza and wanted to try to recreate some of my fav flavors vegan style! So excited for your recipe!!!!


9 Jennifer (The Gourmetour) September 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm


All of your salads, and Kate at A Healthy Passions Vegetarian Chili!


10 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

That looks so good Laury! I want to try that pesto for sure. I love roasted tomatoes!

Actually a recipe I want to make soon is Angela’s Choc Chip Cookies — hers look amazing.


11 laury September 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Yes…they look so good. i make the most incredible CC cookies…my husband begs me for them. They are not vegan though and when I swapped everything out to make them vegan it just wasn’t as good..still working on it. i am sure Ang’s are like a million times better!


12 Shanna like Banana September 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I saw that last week too — your recreation looks oh so yummy! I have been baking some of Picky Palates super indulgent bars lately. So so good!


13 laury September 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm



14 The Delicate Place September 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

i don’t make too many blogger dishes mainly because i’m too lazy to get all the ingredients haha but i have made your zuke noodles! less than a bazillion ingredients and it was delish!


15 laury September 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

yey!!! Yes, what I loved about this recipe is that there were not many ingredients and it was so cheap to make!!!!!


16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

There is a very good chance that I’ll be getting a spiralizer this weekend so I can FINALLY make zucchini pasta too!


17 Nat Co. September 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

That looks DELICIOUS! I will have to try it! Love the blog 🙂


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

So glad you enjoyed it! That’s such a great idea to serve it over zucchini pasta. I’ve never made that before.


19 laury September 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thank YOU for the recipe! It was incredible! I knew if I didn’t use zukes I would eat a boatload of pasta…but ended up just eating the pesto straight by the end!


20 Lisa September 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

The pesto looks awesome! I need to make it—I have tomatoes and basil from the garden just waiting to be used!
I haven’t made any bloggy recipes lately—but I have in the past. Lately I bookmark tons of recipes…and then never make them!


21 laury September 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

you need to do pinterest if you don’t already!!!


22 Eschelle September 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

omg YUMMY!!


23 Pure2raw twins September 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

there are so many blog recipes that we just want to make, so many creative people out there! we had some zucchini pasta tonight too 😉


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