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Kale and Sage Pesto Crostini with Roasted Vegetables

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Suuuuurpriiiiiiiiiise!

Hey, Lisa. Hi, I’m talkin’ to you. Yeah, you.

Suuuuurpriiiiiiiiise!

It’s a baby shower! For you! And that baby boy that’s going to shoot out of you in like, what, three weeks? Woo hoo!

I knew I loved Lisa before we even met. We roomed together this summer at BlogHer Food, but before that we were in an EXTREMELY popular make believe Wilson Phillips cover band together. We toured like, all over our minds, for an entire 16 minutes. It was wild.

But it was when I actually met her face to face in Seattle that my heart sank into a borderline weirdo obsession. Jenna, Jessica and I were on our way to meet Betsy for dinner. Crammed into the back of a cab, we left the front seat open for our lovely friend with child. We pull around the corner to pick her up, and she hops into the cab. She pregnantly wiggles herself around to say hello to us, and right then and there I totally fell in love with her teeth. Like, the spacing and the shape of her teeth. The way her mouth looks when she speaks. The shape of it. You know the way a person’s mouth looks when they speak and how it can almost be soothing? Like melted butter? Or velvet? Or a piece of floating tissue? Okay this is officially the creepiest thing I’ve ever typed.

But I love her! (and her teeth)

So, Lisa, I made you some crostini! With deelarshush fall roasted vegetables and a garden kale/sage pesto on it. But please ignore the bread because I’m pretty sure it’s not gluten free. And don’t hate me because I still don’t even know what that means. You know me, I get hung up on the “glu” part of the word because it takes me back to the time when I smeared glue all over my face at a party and let it dry. And then walked up to some random guy and smiled really huge, causing my face to crackle up like a hideous face-quake. I’m sure you can understand.

I can’t wait to steal I MEAN MEET that amazing little man of yours some day.

Mommyhood. You sooooo got this, girl.

Kale and Sage Pesto Crostini with Roasted Vegetables:

What it took for 6 crostini:

* 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 beet, finely diced
* 1 carrot, finely diced
* 1 parsnip, cored and finely diced
* 3 cups baby kale
* 6 large sage leaves
* 1/4 cup toasted almonds
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 3 slices of sprouted or multi-grain bread, halved and toasted
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Toss diced veggies with 1 Tbs. oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet and roast 30 to 40 minutes, or until awesome looking.

In a food processor, add the kale, sage, garlic, cheese, almonds and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse a couple of time to get her going. Now, with the motor on, pour the remaining 3 Tbs. oil into the processor, and watch as it becomes magical-ness.

Spoon some of the pesto over each toasty, then top with a small mound of roasted vegetables.

Feel that? Yeah, heaven just drop kicked your face.

Here are the rest of the party participants! Ugh, everything looks so.freaking.good. Happy Baby Shower day, my dear! <3

A Thought For Food | Scalloped Potato Gratin
Yes I Want Cake | Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Family Fresh Cooking  | Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
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Two Peas and a Pod | Vegetable Quinoa Soup
Simple Bites | Maple Pumpkin Pie
Three Many Cooks | Chocolate-Peanut Chex Mix
Heather Christo Cooks | Butternut Squash Bacon Scones
Aggies Kitchen | Iced Apple Cinnamon Tea
Reluctant Entertainer | Mascarpone Marmalade Bites

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47 Responses to Kale and Sage Pesto Crostini with Roasted Vegetables

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 17, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    Bev these are fabulous! So bright and cheery and perfect! And big congrats to Lisa!

  2. Aggie October 17, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Can I have these for breakfast? Ok fine, lunch. This looks fantastic!

    Congrats Lisa!!

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food October 17, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    You are hilarious! Seriously… cracking me up. I love her teeth too, but I never would have said that to her. You, on the other hand, won’t hold anything back. And I love you for that.

    Ok… I think kale and sage are the only kind of pesto I haven’t made yet. Looks freakin awesome!

  4. Abby@ Totes Delish October 17, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    These look soooo good! Healthy/awesome at the same time, win!

  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 17, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I almost just peed…I think I can admit that.

    This is pretty much everything I’m loving right now!

  6. Rachel Cooks October 17, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    OH my–this looks amazing! So colorful and beautiful! And if I were Lisa, I’d get a restraining order so you couldn’t get too close to my teeth. ;)

  7. Joelle @ on a pink typewriter October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    There’s something about crostinis that seem so fancy and grown-up!

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 17, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Aww so fun! Love this crostini!

  9. Joanne October 17, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Bev, these look amazing! I love how you used the kale. YUM!

  10. Heather @ Heather's Dish October 17, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    these are the fanciest crostini EVAH – need!

  11. Cookie and Kate October 17, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Can you bring these to the Thai place on Thursday? I want crostini and spicy noodles.

  12. Deborah October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    These look sooo good!! And yeah – you should all totally get together and throw a real party. But only if I’m invited, because I want to eat all of that food!

  13. Sandy @ RE October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Oh, wow. Love, love, love this!

    Always the best when I visit you here … xo

  14. Julia October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    What a great idea! I love the use of kale in this recipe. YUM YUM!

  15. Maria October 17, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I want to eat these….all day long!

  16. Lisa | With Style and Grace October 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I seriously cannot stop laughing!!! Apparently those awkward years of braces really paid off. Aside from my teeth, I will never forget that weekend. I just adore the friendship we’ve created, I love you and miss your face!

    ps. I’m all over the idea of pesto and roasted vegetables – you know me well!! It’s okay with the whole gluten thing, I’ll just throw this on some toasted gluten-free bread and we’re set ;)

  17. Katie October 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Perfect!! I want to make this party happen at my house. For lunchtime.

  18. Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    That pesto sounds awesome. I once thought “hey I should try a gluten free diet, everyones talkin bout that whole shebang!” and then a gluten free friend told me that there is in fact gluten in chocolate cake, so I laughed in her face and that was the end of that dream.

  19. Heather Christo October 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    These are so beautiful Bev!! I love the little rainbow root vegetables on top!

  20. Kari@Loaves and Dishes October 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I’ve always known kale was healthy, but since I read that it is the #1 Super Food, I am obsessed! I love the bright colors on this crostini, and I love bread. I would never purposefully eat gluten free.

    • Kari@Loaves and Dishes October 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      I forget that you can’t hear me when I type. I hope you know the gluten free comment wasn’t a jab. What I meant was: I don’t need to eat gluten free, so if I do eat gluten free it’s just because I like that particular food.

      • Bev Weidner October 18, 2012 at 7:16 am #

        Oh, no no – I gotcha! I’m a joker at heart, so I take everything AS a joke. You’re all good! ;)

  21. Cassie October 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    This is gorgeous, Bev!

  22. Jeanette October 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Bev – these little crostini are gorgeous – love everything about them! Such a nice healthy appetizer for Lisa’s Baby Shower. Congrats to Lisa on her new baby boy!

  23. Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Ahhh – I love all of these colorful recipes lately!!! These look delish!

  24. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    These are all my favorite ingredients in one amazing bite! LOVE.

  25. Irvin @ Eat the Love October 18, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I adore these flavors, especially the sage leaves which would make the pesto Autumntastic.

    Also, I am ALL OVER a Wilson Philips cover band. I would ask to be a part of the band, but only if I get to be Carnie Wilson.

  26. Aimee @ Simple Bites October 18, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Holy Yum!! Love how the colors pop. You’ve nailed this savory fall bite to a T. So nice to ‘meet’ you at this shower! xo

  27. marla October 18, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    LOVE this appetizer for Lisa’s shower!! Who botched up the date on that lovely invite?

  28. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. October 19, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  29. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    This is such a great snack! Bookmarking it!

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