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Productive Yet Relaxing (& a New Recipe!)

by Courtney on July 25, 2010

Nothin’ beats a relaxing Sunday. Jay and I were able to take care of a few things around the house, and I was finally able to finish my book, The End of Overeating. Considering I started reading it almost 3 months ago, it was about time! It was a pretty interesting book, and I plan on having a little review of it for you all tomorrow. :)

I pretty much grazed along throughout the afternoon, snacking on a handful of almonds, a carrot, and some pretzels. I did snap a photo of one of my eats, which was a plain flavored Chobani mixed with a little leftover fruit salsa. I don’t know how much longer the fruit salsa is going to last for, so I figured I’d try to get the most out of it.

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“Fruit on the Top” yogurt ;)

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A New Recipe!

This afternoon, I also prepared a new dish with the red potatoes and fresh parsley that I picked up from the Farmers Market yesterday. After searching the internet for a winning parsley-potato salad, I finally found one that I thought would do the trick.

First, I sliced up the potatoes and boiled them until they were partially tender. Then, the slices got a little grilling action!

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While the potatoes were boiling, I also toasted up some pine nuts…

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…and got the rest of the ingredients ready for the parsley pesto: fresh parsley leaves, oregano, garlic, lemon juice, S&P.

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Then the pine nuts, parsley mixture, and some olive oil went into the food processor to get friendly. :) After adding about 1 tbsp of olive oil I suddenly realized my bottle was empty! :shock: So unfortunately, my pesto wasn’t as smooth as I would have expected, but the flavor was absolutely fantastic.

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After the pesto was all incorporated, THIS:

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Turned into THIS:

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I made a few slight modifications to the original recipe, but I still think it came out amazing! If you want to check out the original recipe, you can find it here.

Grilled Potato Salad with Parsley Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch slices
  • Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon, plus more for potato water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

Directions:

Preheat a grill to medium.

In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and cover with water. Salt the water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until slightly tender; about 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the water to a bowl and let cool. Season with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of pepper. Arrange the potatoes on the preheated grill and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove to a serving bowl and reserve.

In a small saute pan, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the parsley, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, capers, 1 teaspoon of both salt and pepper, 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, and the pine nuts to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Add to the potatoes and toss to coat well. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Dinner

I kept things nice and simple for dinner and put together some fresh salads to go along with our potato salad.

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My salad had a mix of romaine and green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, red peppers, onions, fresh shredded carrots, dried cranberries, and a hard boiled egg. I knew the meal was lacking in the protein department, so I decided to cook up a hard boiled egg and add it on top. I had all the white and about 1/2 of the yolk.

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Mmmmmm, parsley potato salad! :-P

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I’m currently hooked on watching the Jersey Shore marathon, and will probably waste at least another hour of my life laughing at how crazy these people are. I mean, this show is seriously ridiculous, but I can’t seem to pull myself away from the darn TV!

I hope everyone is enjoying the end to their weekend!! :-D

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1 Danielle July 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

That potato salds looks sooo great! Thinking about bringing that to my next bbq! :)

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2 Jen is Green July 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I read that book, too, its pretty informative!

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3 TheKetchupDiaries July 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Ahhhhhhhh! That looks SO GOOD!! I have to make this soon!!

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4 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I just made a potato salad almost exactly like that one! Yum!

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5 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices July 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

hahaha- that’s how we got hooked last year- watching one of those marathons..now we can’t wait for this year’s to start- even have it all ready on DVR since we won’t be here for the premier- we are nerds ;)
that pesto potato salad looks awesome!!!

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6 Ellen@FirednFabulous July 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

The potatoes look fab, but I’m even MORE excited by the salad. So pretty and fresh! Mmm

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7 Shanna, like Banana July 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I will be hosting a pesto recipe tomorrow as well. Looks great! I’m on team Snookie :)

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8 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 25, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Holy yum – that pesto tater salad sounds great!

I’m very interested in your book review tmrw =]

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9 dorrybird July 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Looks delicious – I’ve been on a potato kick lately! And I love to add hard boiled egg to my salads. Yum.

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10 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

Mm, the potato salad with parsley looks great!! I’ve just learned to start incorporating herbs into my meals…they add so much flavor!!

Jersey Shore = best trash TV ever. Oh, those crazy kids!

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11 Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt July 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

That looks fantastic! I’m definitely giving this a try soon. Looks like it would be a great dish to take to a party.

Oh and Jersey Shore…my secret addiction. I love to fist pump and beat back da beat!

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