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Pasta Pesto and Pea Salad – Ina Fridays

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 And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

—P B Shelley

It’s finally spring like in Colorado. Balmy sunshine one day and almost freezing the next and some high speed winds thrown in in-between. My life these days is almost like Colorado spring time weather. Peaceful and quiet now, full of high energy sometimes and bracing the winds at others. But I am not complaining. It’s just that when life has other plans, I don’t get to blog as much.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter fractured her foot. She has been brave about the injury and doesn’t complain much and has tried to stay as active as she can. Unfortunately the injury means that her spot in the Final Show of her Aerial Dance is in jeopardy. It’s the biggest show of the season and she worked all year towards it. She cried (A LOT) the day the Doc told her she has a fracture. When he asked if the fracture was hurting, she told him, “Well ya it is, but what hurts most is that you will put me in a cast and I won’t be able to perform in my show.” He then had to really work hard at earning her acceptance to go ahead with the cast.

And I have been working to keep this brave kid in good cheer. She still goes for the practices and conditions her upper body, learns the choreography and is staying positive. In fact her optimism is infectious. Even though I know she needs to have some physical therapy before she can go back up on those silks, I sometimes feel that may be she will pull it off because she is so determined, so focused and so brave.

I am hoping that in two weeks from today, she will be back on those silks and flying high. It just breaks my heart to know she may or may not be on the show and knowing how hard she, her team and coaches worked all year for this show. Hoping and praying that she is back on her feet for the show.

In order to spread some good cheer around the house, I have mostly been baking brownies, cupcakes and the likes in addition to feeding her a bone soup made from a very ancient apothecary recipe, to help her foot heal faster. In addition to that we are including veggies into every single meal. And she loves a pasta salad with vegetables thrown in. So it was a really easy decision when I had to make a dish for Ina Fridays. ( The Friday turned into a Sunday ;))

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Ina’s Pasta Pesto Pea salad has all the ingredients my daughter loves and she enjoyed this salad very much. I did dial it down on the fat content, but it was still very flavorful and went very well with the spring time weather we have been having for the past couple of days.

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    Pasta Pesto and Pea Salad – Ina Firdays

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup bow tie pasta
    • 1 cup Fusilli pasta
    • 1/4 cup pesto recipe follows
    • 1 C frozen spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 C frozen peas defrosted
    • 2 Tbs pine nuts
    • salt to taste
    • Black pepper to taste

    Pesto

    • 1/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/4 cup pignoli pine nuts
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • 5 cups fresh basil leaves packed
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 cups olive oil

    Instructions

    Make the Pesto

    1. Process the walnuts, pinenuts, and garlic in a food processor for about 20 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Store in an airtight container.

    Make the Salad

    1. Cook the fusilli and bow ties separately until they are al dente. Drain and leave to cool.
    2. Blend the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice. Add in the olive oil and blend again.
    3. Add this blended pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the peas, pinenuts, salt, and pepper. Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature.

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  1. Oh, I so hope your daughter will heal in time for the show! I’m thinking good thoughts for her. And I’d be thinking good thoughts for myself if I had this terrific dish in front of me! This is wonderful — thanks.

  2. Yep. I’m on the computer 🙂 I really hope S is feeling better, I feel so bad that she may miss her show. I hope she heals quickly and can make it.
    I would be happy with a bowl of this! My kids also love pasta with pesto, they may not like the peas though, but I adore peas!

    Hope to see you soon. xx

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  3. I am so sorry about your daughter. I hate it when my kids are in pain. It throws everyone in a loop. And saying that they can do it next time, doesn’t offer much consolation. At least this pasta salad will help her tummy heal!

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  4. Oh I can feel your heart ache for your dear daughter– to be so close to something she has worked very hard for makes it all the worse that she has this injury. I can relate. I had a stress fracture in my femur in college and cried many tears knowing I’d miss part of my senior lacrosse season. At the time it seemed like the worst thing in the world but of course life went on. So good to hear of her happy spirit and determination to get back with her team and to be ready to dance. Keep us updated.

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      It does feel like that the world has come to an end. Doesnt it! I will make her read your comment so she knows there is an “adult person” who knows what she is feeling. Thanks Holly

  5. I’ve figured it out that Google Chrome won’t let me comment directly on your blog and with the Internet Explorer security issues I don’t want to log in there so until I figure out a solution I’ll comment here. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your daughter that her foot heals quickly so she can make the show. With beautiful food like this at least her spirits will be high!

    1. That is great to know. I had been thinking the culprit could be the Internet explorer. I am working on changing the look feel and general blog design and fixing the issues.. hoping they will be sorted out soon.

      Thank you for your wishes to Shloka! She is keeping her positive side bright and shiny.

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