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a kale pesto recipe & how to make golden milk paste

Italian pasta recipes: a healthy and simple kale pesto, made with dried tomatoes, almonds, raisins and parsley.


Italian pasta recipes: healthy and simple kale pesto recipe with dried tomatoes, almonds, raisins and parsley


the raw kale pesto

Tonight we are having a delicious kale pesto pasta dinner. It is vegan, healthy, tasty and it helps you sleep. If it wasn’t for pasta it would also be completely raw!

I’m sorry, I don’t know why I just said that, do we really care?

It must be my recent obsession for Laura Miller… As much as I admire her and love everything she creates, I could never do it. It’s like being a surgeon: I could never do that, but I’m glad someone else does it, for the sake of humanity. And mine, in case… facciamo le corna, let’s make horns (with our fingers, it’s an Italian way to avert bad luck).

And I’m also quite sure I could never be vegan, not say be on a raw food diet. However, that doesn’t mean if it’s good, I won’t go for it! Like for this kale pesto recipe.


about the moonlight project

The intent of the moonlight project is to better my sleep. Not that I have insomnia or anything, it has just become a lighter experience.

I want to see if all the tips and info I have collected will work. Do you know that wonderful sensation of waking up feeling energetic, vital and ready to go? That’s what I’m looking for.


a recipe to have turmeric golden milk whenever you want. looking for turmeric benefits? make this paste. then warm some almond (or other nut) milk and mix in a tablespoon. coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and honey. and don’t forget black pepper!


The first two things I’ve tried are kale pesto and golden milk. A turmeric beverage to drink right before going to bed. I’m on day 3 and here’s what I can say of day 1 and day 2:

  • 20 minutes after drinking my warm golden milk I fell super sleepy and went to bed between 10 and 11 (one-two hours before my average routine).
  • I wake up agonizing for more sleep.
  • I’ve been dreaming more intensely (might be a good sign).

Will see what happens next.


Here’s how I made a paste I can add to warmed coconut or almond milk to get golden milk in minutes.

kale pesto & golden milk
recipe type: drink
cuisine: healthy
serves: 6
  • 6 teaspoons of coconut oil*
  • 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder*
  • 6 grinds of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder*
  • 6 teaspoons of raw organic honey*
how to
  1. You only need to mix everything well. If lumpy, warm the coconut oil before mixing.

the kale recipe

I’ve also researched for foods that are sleep helpers, and I am cooking dinner accordingly.

Magnesium seems to be the key.

A very rich in magnesium ingredient is kale. But almonds are in the top ten as well. So, I came up with a, guess, Italian recipe: the almond and kale pesto.


almond & kale pesto
recipe type: pesto
cuisine: italian
serves: 2-4
  • 2 big handfuls of kale (cleaned by removing stems)
  • 4-6 dried tomatoes filets
  • 2 teaspoons of raisins
  • 1 handful of peeled almonds
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
how to
  1. Blend all the ingredients (leave olive oil for last). Cook and season pasta (whole wheat is better).


enjoy your minutes-made kale pesto 😉

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The Gourmet Mag_Italian food magazine_Yellow Issue_Winter 2018






  1. Ha! We just had pesto for dinner last night. Except we cheated and bought a jar from the import store in Osaka.

    Will definitely be making this when we get home. Love the photography too!

  2. Wonderful suggestions. I am very caffeine sensitive now that I’m older and I LOVE caffè I’ll see if what you do works. Thank you.

  3. What a great resource. I hope this has been helpful to you and you are getting better and restful sleep.

  4. What a useful post, I sleep so badly, I find screen free time before bed useful and I listen to hypnosis tracks when I go to bed – try them with a paid of wireless sleep headphones!

    I’ll be trying the golden milk this week!

  5. Oh I do feel for you, sleep is something that is sickeningly easy in my world, but my partner also seems to mostly spend his nights awake. I’ll pass this on to him, and good luck!
    Janie x


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