Sundried Tomato Walnut Pesto + Mozzarella and Arugula Sandwich

by Lauren

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Dearest LYK Readers,

Today I come bearing some very unfortunate news, for me.  I will be having my wisdom teeth yanked tomorrow! Yup, all 4. I am terrified of surgery, needles, blood, etc. so this is not an exciting time in my life. Not to mention the fact that I am a food blogger and can’t eat solids 5 days! What’s a girl to do!?

"Why does this pertain to me", you ask? Because I would like to request any and all of your recipes that don’t require chewing! Smoothies, soups and oatmeal anyone? How repetitive…you see my problem, don’t you?

If you would be so kind to leave me some recipe links for liquidified food in the comment section I would greatly appreciate it! Open-mouthed smile

 

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Now, about that pesto!

What is there to say really? It’s simply divine. Basil is back my friends and boy did I miss it!

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Pesto is also really quite simple. Toss it all into your food processor and hit “on”.

Then slowly drizzle in your olive oil. Ta da!

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This ain’t just any pesto though. First, it has walnuts, not pine nuts. We also added sundried tomatoes packed in herbed olive oil, for our own little zest. This pairing was flawless, love at first bite, pure genius! Eh hem…

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Little Yellow Note: Did you happen to see our Rocky Road Rice Krispie Treats on the Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen blog a couple of days ago?? They were remade by Alice from Savory Sweet Life and she took some gorgeous pictures of these chocolatey krispies! Thanks Alice!

Sundried Tomato Walnut Pesto

Ingredients

2 cups of torn basil leaves

1 cup of arugula

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

2/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine the basil, garlic, cheese, red pepper flakes and walnuts in a food processor until coarse. Add the sundried tomatoes to the processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue to process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Little Yellow Note: Pesto can be frozen to preserve! Make extra, freeze it and save it for another day.

Then serve your pesto on this crispy and flavor packed sandwich:

Mozzarella and Arugula Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 mini baguette (TJs sells these in the frozen section!)

1 1/2 slice of mozzarella, halved

1 slice of tomato, halved

1/4 cup arugula

2 tablespoons sundried tomato walnut pesto

Directions

Slice open the baguette and place cheese inside. Broil 5-7 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is crispy.

Remove from the oven and spread the Sundried Tomato Walnut Pesto onto the baguette. Add tomato and arugula.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren

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17 Responses to “Sundried Tomato Walnut Pesto + Mozzarella and Arugula Sandwich”

  1. I absolutely love all things pesto, especially when it’s used as a spread on sandwiches. Therefore, I love this!!

    Ahh good luck on your wisdom teeth! I haven’t gotten mine out yet, but I’m sure I’ll have to soon :( Just see it as an excuse to eat ice cream all week. And make someone make you my chocolate stout ice cream: http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2011/03/chocolate-stout-ice-cream/
    Uh, I guess it wouldn’t be good with medication, but it might make you feel better :)

  2. Chrissy knows of my love for canned pumpkin… so pumpkin oatmeal!

    I kind of just throw it in there and see how it turns out… but I tried to approximate?

    1/2 cup oatmeal
    3/4 cup water
    1/3 cup pumpkin
    1/8-1/4 tsp ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg
    1/4 cup maple syrup

    AND it’s delicious =] hope you enjoy!

  3. As a former dental assistant, I can offer only 1 significant piece of advice: Whatever you do, don’t drink ANYTHING with a straw until you’re completely healed! You will not know what pain is until you’ve experienced what they call dry socket from using a straw! Get yourself lots of ice cream, popcicles, icees, frozen yogurt tubes, whatever you like that’s cold and comforting to your mouth. Good luck!!

  4. Lauren

    Oh yes! Ice cream. Great idea. Thanks!! I’m emailing Mom now :)

  5. Lauren

    Pumpkin oatmeal?!? Pure genius. Thanks, I’ll def be snagging one of the cans we a have left to make this!

  6. Lauren

    I actually work at the Dental Society in SD and one of our members is pulling my teeth tomorrow. That was his advice as well…thanks for confirming! I will avoid straws at all costs!

  7. Your pesto looks gorgeous! I love that springy color. As for the wisdom teeth…eek! I recommend smoothies all the way. Almond milk, spinach, fruit, vanilla extract and sweetener. Can’t beat it! Also, I recommend pudding :) Good luck!

  8. Chrissy

    Well, we will have to fight to the death for that can of pumpkin! I need to make more Pumpkin Chocolate Cake soon! I may have pity on your chipmunk cheeks, though.

  9. You should make some cheesy creamy potato soup!! Yummmm! Don’t forget to use extra sharp cheddar and a couple splashes of worcestershire!

  10. Good luck tomorrow! Wisdom teeth are no fun! Lots of yogurt and smoothies!

  11. Oh wisdom teeth. This was me last year- terrified of how I was going to eat well (go figure). I made a couple smoothies I really enjoyed. One was with almond milk + 1 banana + 1-2 tbsp peanut butter, and a scoop of chocolate whey protein powder and a couple ice cubes. I was also a fan of apple pie smoothies– bake some apples with a little bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, until soft and puree them with vanilla yogurt and a splash of apple cider. Filling fiber from apples and protein from yogurt, soooo good.

  12. Lauren

    Thanks! All went well, thank goodness for painkillers though :)

  13. Lauren

    So my entire family wants to indulge in this apple cinnamon smoothie with me! Thank you so much that sounds delicious and now I can’t wait for breakfast!!

  14. Lauren

    Just had cream of broccoli. yum! Thanks for the creamy soup idea :)

  15. Hope you are better by now, but I feel your pain. Not only cuz I’ve been there, but this whole week I’ve been scouring my brain in figuring how to feed my boyfriend who had his wisdom teeth pulled early last week. He’s a huge meat eater so after a few days of soups, milkshakes, and oatmeal i made some meatloaf and mashed potatoes, which were soft enough and allowed him to finally feel full after a meal. Hope you are recovering well!

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