8 Delicious Recipes Starring Pesto

8 Delicious Recipes Using Pesto

When it comes to sauces, pesto is basically my spirit animal. Anything with basil is automatically a star in my book, but when you take it up a notch and turn it into pesto, I’m in heaven. I eat pesto with almost everything, especially this time of year. Pesto also happens to be really good for you. Its ingredients are shown to protect your heart and lower your risk of chronic disease. Even more reason for why it is (in my mind anyway) officially the best condiment ever.

We grow basil during the summer so sometimes we make our own pesto, but more often than that we buy it already made. My favorite comes from a company called Three Bridges, makers of an inspired line of fresh, refrigerated chef-crafted meals, natural filled and cut pastas and sauces. They have both a Basil Pesto Sauce and a Superfood Pesto Sauce (made with basil and kale), and both contain only natural ingredients, which really allows for the flavor to shine through. In addition to the fact that their products are delicious, the company itself is really great too. Their foods and sauces are all made and manufactured proudly in California and North Carolina, where its commitment to good living is reflected in the company’s use of green energy and growing line of certified organic offerings. And today I’m teaming up with them to share eight different pesto recipes and/or pesto serving ideas with you guys. (For my fellow veggies, five of them are vegetarian too. Woot!)

PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 15 min | READY IN: 25 min | YIELDS: 8 Servings

1 (12 inch) pizza crust
7 oz container of Three Bridges Superfood Pesto
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
½ cup kalamata olives, chopped
fresh mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 450º F. Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
2. Spread pesto over pizza crust. Add the remaining ingredients over pesto.
3. Bake for 15 minutes or until vegetables begin to brown. Cut into slices. Serve immediately and enjoy!

PREP TIME: 5 min | COOK TIME: 5 min | READY IN: 10 min | YIELDS: 8-10 Servings

1 baguette French or Italian bread, cut into 1” slices
7 oz container Three Bridges Superfood Pesto
5 tomatoes, chopped
fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat broiler to high (you can grill if desired). Place bread slices under broiler and lightly toast, keep an eye on the bread so that they don’t burn.
2. Combine tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in a small bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spread pesto sauce onto each slice and top with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Serve and enjoy!

PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 10 min | READY IN: 20 min | YIELDS: 2 Servings

9 oz package of Three Bridges Organic Spinach & Cheese Ravioli
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp olive oil
1⁄4 cup container of Three Bridges Basil Pesto
1⁄2 red bell pepper, sliced
1⁄2 green bell pepper, sliced
1⁄2 small red onion, sliced

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ravioli and cook according to directions. Drain, cover and keep warm.
2. Warm a medium-sized sauce pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add pine nuts and toast, about 4 minutes to brown. Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside.
3. In the same sauce pan, add olive oil, bell peppers and onions. Sauté vegetables until soft, about 6 minutes, stirring often.
4. Remove pan from heat and add in reserved ravioli and basil pesto sauce and toasted pine nuts. Gently toss everything together to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

PREP TIME: 5 min | READY IN: 5 min | YIELDS: 4 Servings

7 oz container of Three Bridges Basil Pesto

1. Empty pesto into a small bowl; whisk until smooth. Serve over salad greens and enjoy!


7 oz container of Three Bridges Superfood Pesto
Salmon fillet

1. Marinate salmon fillet or your favorite fish fillet in pesto sauce for a few hours and bake or simply top with pesto once cooked for added flavor. Enjoy!


7 oz container of Three Bridges Basil Pesto
Eggs prepared in your three favorite styles.

1. Add pesto to up to three of your favorite style of eggs and serve. That’s it!


7 oz container of Three Bridges Superfood Pesto
Steak of your choice

1. Grill or broil the steak to your desired degree of doneness.
2. Brush with pesto or serve steak topped with pesto sauce. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 5 min | COOK TIME: 10 min | READY IN: 10 min | YIELDS: 4 Servings

(2) 9 oz packages of Three Bridges Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp red wine vinegar
pinch red chili flakes
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tbsp walnuts
4 cups arugula, without stems
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
salt and black pepper to taste

1. Cook ravioli according to instructions on package. Drain, cover and keep warm.
2. Heat sauté pan over high heat. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 tbsp oil and add to pan. Sauté until tomatoes start to blister. Add vinegar and chili flakes then salt to taste.
3. Put garlic, walnuts and remaining oil into a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add arugula a handful at a time and blend until smooth. Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust consistency by adding water if needed.
4. Add pesto and tomatoes to reserved ravioli and gently toss together. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy all of these delicious ways to creatively incorporate pesto into your meals! For more information on Three Bridges (and to check out all of their other yummy products), visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Who else shares my undying love for all things pesto? Which recipe here are you most excited to try?

This post is in collaboration with Three Bridges. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content. 


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My Style // Denim Forever

And after three months without an outfit post (the first trimester of pregnancy will do that to you), I’m back! This is actually a unique My Style post you guys, because my little lady came out for the adventure and got in front of the camera with me. We’ve never done an outfit post together, and although we both had all sorts of fun, it probably won’t be a regular thing. So that makes this post extra special.

I’ve already mentioned a couple of times here on the blog recently that I consider denim to be the quintessential back-to-school apparel item. And although neither Essley nor I are going back to school this fall, she will start preschool next fall (close enough, right?), so I thought it would be fun to ‘practice,’ and pay tribute to the ultimate piece of fashion for this time of year via a denim-themed photo shoot. Even if school isn’t a part of your autumn at all, there is just something classic about denim that makes it the season’s wardrobe staple. Fall denim forever. That’s my official August motto.

We actually did two rounds of outfits each featuring a favorite denim piece. For the first look, my focus piece was my absolute favorite jean jacket by Mudd. I love the lighter colored denim and distressed details, and the fit almost feels tailored. Essley wore an adorable denim button-down shirt by OshKosh B’Gosh that is the perfect weight – it’s a little lighter than a jean jacket, but heavier than a typical chambray shirt. It’s perfect for later summer and early fall. For the second look, I wore the one and only piece of maternity clothing I’ve been wearing this pregnancy, a pair of the cutest maternity jeans of all time (I’m not kidding) by Oh Baby by Motherhood. (I wish they made regular jeans because this is truly the best fitting pair of jeans I’ve ever owned.) Essley also wore a pair of jeans by Jumping Beans that is officially her first real pair of jeans, and not just jegging-type leggings. I know I’m biased, but man does she look cut in those babies. We nabbed all of these pieces from Kohl’s, which has a massive selection of fall denim for the entire family right now.

We had such a great time walking around in our favorite park and forest preserve, exploring and playing and just having fun. (And there is yet another great thing about denim – it pulls an outfit together in a snap, but it’s also really comfortable. You can’t beat that.) Despite the fact that I’m generally crying inside about summer’s end, part of me looks forward to slightly cooler weather when we’ll be able to wear our denim pieces on the regular. I’ll say it again, just for good measure: fall denim forever.

On Melissa – Denim Jacket: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Maternity Jeans: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Leggings: ℅ Kohl’s  // TShirt Tunic: H&M  //  Embroidered Tunic: F21  //  Hat: H&M  (similar)  //  Necklace: ℅ Jade Stone Jewelry  // Boots: ℅ Trask  //  Sandals: ℅ Trask  //  Watch: WatchCo
On Essley – Denim Shirt: ℅ Kohl’s  // Toddler Jeans: ℅ Kohl’s  // Tiger Dress: H&M Kids  //  Big Sis tshirt: gift // Moccasins: Freshly Picked  //  Sandals: Target  // Bracelet: mommy’s 

What are your favorite pieces of denim for autumn? If you or your little ones are getting ready to head to back, have you gotten any new denim pieces for the occasion?

This post is in collaboration with Kohl’s. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content.


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Stop saying your pet doesn’t hurt.

If I had a nickel for every time a person said, “Oh, my dog isn’t hurting, I can tell because he doesn’t cry” I would have a nice little nest egg by now. It makes me nuts, because it’s not true, and pets suffer for it.

Maybe people will take it better from this older, distinguished-looking actor in a lab coat.

Maybe people will take it better from this older, distinguished-looking actor in a lab coat.

Have you ever been sore, or had a headache, or tweaked your knee? Did you cry every time you moved? Probably not. Acute pain, the type you get when you stub your toe on the doorjamb or slice your finger cutting lemons, is sharp enough that you might cry out “Oh !@$ @$ !# that hurts!” And the people around you react with sympathy and bandaids.

But chronic pain, that dull, throbbing, always-there ache of osteoarthritis or bulging discs, doesn’t usually manifest with vocalizations. If you’ve ever spent time walking around a senior citizen center, you’ll notice two things:

  • they walk very slowly, probably because many of them are nursing sore bodies;
  • they don’t spend a lot of time screaming.

So what does pain look like?

The descriptors people most commonly give for a pet in pain are not ‘loud’ but this: tired, mopey, crabby, tired, ‘old’, cranky, fine.

Dogs with rotting teeth are in pain. They may not yelp when they eat, but they sure do eat less, or eat slowly. Most people don’t even notice this until after the problem is fixed, when all of a sudden their pet has a voracious appetite.

Cats with arthritis in their spine are in pain. They may not yelp when they walk around, but they move gingerly. When their pain is treated, they start jumping back on counters again.


pets manifest pain through behavior, not noise. Some pets don’t manifest it at all.

The rule of thumb for pain management specialists is Assume Pain, meaning, if a pet is likely to have a painful condition, go ahead and treat for it even if they aren’t obviously in pain.

If you’re a veterinary professional, stop making pain medications optional for painful procedures. That implies pain control isn’t just as vital as every other aspect of your medical management.

Dogs in pain do not act like an Excedrin commercial

Dogs in pain do not act like an Excedrin commercial

The safety issue: Which is worse? Pain meds or pain itself?

Now that we are all in agreement that painful conditions are often underdiagnosed, we come to the next problem: many people are under the mistaken belief that most pain medications are so dangerous it’s better not to try them at all. Veterinary NSAIDs, the most commonly prescribed class of pain medications, are also the most indicted as a Bad Thing.

Yes, NSAIDs can have side effects. All drugs do. Some of them are severe. It is incumbent on veterinarians to ensure owners are aware of that potential and educate owners as to safe administration. They are not an appropriate choice for all pets. However, this can be mitigated:

  •  If owners are aware of the potential side effects and discontinue the medication if any symptoms arise, the chances of long term problems are usually minimal. In my own experience, the vast majority of patients have an excellent experience with NSAIDs* when given as directed. Most of the adverse events are related to people who either wait too long to report side effects, give more than the prescribed dosage, or refuse the recommended monitoring. In other words, most are avoidable.
  • There are other drugs out there besides NSAIDs. Tramadol, gabapentin, Adequan, just to name a few. We can also use adjunct treatments like acupuncture, laser, and physical therapy. The more combining of medications you do across categories, the less you need of any one and the better the overall pain control. This is called multimodal pain management, and it’s the best way to deal with chronic pain.
  • Those cheaper, OTC remedies you read about on the internet (aspirin, Advil, Tylenol)- you know, the ‘good old days’ approach- are not only less effective, but more dangerous. The worst pain medication reactions I’ve treated have all been to OTC human meds. And a reminder: one teeny Tylenol will kill your cat.
  • When it comes to the pain of joint disease, the best treatment/prevention is free: keep your pet at a healthy weight.

Educated owners make good decisions. We all want that.

Pain can be managed, even in very senior and frail patients. And yes, even in cats. We just need to acknowledge that it’s there first. Don’t wait for your pet to tell you- he can’t talk, but we can see it nonetheless.

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