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Tomato, Eggs, and Beans with Creamy Kale Pesto

Serves 4.


    Tomato, Eggs, and Beans with Creamy Kale Pesto

    Pesto is delicious and often paired with pasta. But there are many other tasty ideas. Drizzle pesto over oven-roasted vegetables, swirl in a soup, or spread over bread and layer with sandwich toppings. We’ve compiled this insanely delicious pesto and drizzled it over a salad, then topped it with a poached egg, halloumi, or tempeh. The secret to this great pesto is in the nutrient-rich kale stems.



    Looking to go fully vegan in this recipe? Switch out Parmesan with nutritional yeast and serve pesto drizzled over pan-fried tempeh burgers.


    Tomato, Eggs, and Beans with Creamy Kale Pesto


    Kale pesto
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) coarsely chopped raw cashews or blanched almonds, soaked
    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) chopped kale stems
    • 1 cup (250 mL) packed fresh basil, blanched, strained, and blotted dry
    • 1 cup (250 mL) packed parsley sprigs, blanched, strained, and blotted dry
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely grated Parmesan or nutritional yeast
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
    • 2 tsp (10 mL) blonde miso
    • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
    • Generous pinch of crushed dried red pepper
    • 14 oz (398 mL) can of cannellini or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 4 large curly lettuce leaves or curly endive
    • 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
    • 4 poached organic eggs, pan-fried halloumi, or tempeh burgers


    Per serving:

    • calories251
    • protein14g
    • fat13g
      • saturated fat3g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates23g
      • sugars3g
      • fibre10g
    • sodium318mg



    In small bowl, place nuts and cover with 1 cup (250 mL) cold water. Set aside for at least 2 hours to soften. For optimal results, soak for up to 7 hours.


    Drain well and place in high-speed blender along with remaining pesto ingredients. Pulse, scraping down inside of bowl, until coarsely pureu0301ed. Add water, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) at a time, and pulse until mixture is as smooth and creamy as you like. Add more seasonings to taste, if you wish.


    Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Alternatively, pack into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to sealed container and freeze for up to 1 month. Makes about 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) pesto.


    In medium-sized bowl, combine beans and tomatoes. Gently toss together.


    To serve, line 4 serving plates with lettuce. Spoon bean and tomatoes on top. Place a couple of avocado slices on each and top with some pesto. Place poached egg on each and another dollop of pesto. Serve immediately.


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