Run­ner’s Kitchen

The Run­ner’s Culi­nary Bucket-List RECIPE Herb and Greens Pesto

Canadian Running - - CONTENTS - By Mary Luz Me­jia

If your body is a stream­lined tem­ple, you’ll want to fuel it with the best nour­ish­ment. But that doesn’t mean you have to live on grilled chicken breasts, veg and brown rice alone. Lay­er­ing f lavour with herbs and spices, or adding va­ri­ety to your daily din­ing game doesn’t have to be a calo­rie-bust­ing, all-ornot hing propo­si­tion. Here are three easy, de­li­cious go-to dishes that you can in­cor­po­rate into your cook­ing rou­tine – how and when you like.

Good Morn­ings

Make your morn­ings smoother wit h a f l avour f ul , nut r ient­dense smoothie bowl. En­tirely cus­tom­iz­a­ble, th­ese tasty takes on break­fast can be made the night be­fore so you can get out the door in record time. Try mak­ing them with the nut milk of your choice, then add hemp, f lax or chia seeds if you want to up your fi­bre. Add the nuts and fruit you like and go for green if you want a big nutri­ent boost.

Good To Go

Need a snack to tide you over? Some­thing that’s not too sweet, is packed with nu­tri­ents and al­most down­right vir­tu­ous? Try a blender muf­fin. Think of th­ese as the 2.0 ver­sion of a one-bowl bat­ter, made en­tirely in a blender. You can find ver­sions that are gluten-free, ve­gan, pa­leo or just about any­thing else your diet and heart de­sires. One of my favourites is a morn­ing glory blender muf­fin made with parsnips in­stead of car­rots. It uses raw honey in lieu of re­fined sugar, and co­conut oil re­places but­ter. Rolled oats com­prise the “f lour” of th­ese moist mouth­fuls, along with warm­ing cin­na­mon, co­conut f lakes, pineap­ple pieces and sunf lower seeds. Find this recipe and more at run­ning­

Spring Fresh

Ev­ery­one should have a fab­u­lous recipe that’s easy enough for ev­ery day meals, but spe­cial enough to serve to din­ner guests, too. This herb and greens-packed pesto is just the ticket. Serve over your favourite noo­dles or zuc­chini zoo­dles, with a crisp, green salad and a good glass of white wine when com­pany’s com­ing. If you’d like an ex­tra dose of pro­tein, try grilling shrimp, lightly mar­i­nated in le­mon and or­ange juices, with cayenne pep­per for some heat. Or sim­ply serve the pesto over your favourite pro­tein – chicken or fish work par­tic­u­larly well. It’s a win-win.

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