Dinner

Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini

I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling really good lately. As I mentioned in the Fish Foil Packet post, when my hip surgeon originally told me that my running days were over, I felt like I had lost a piece of myself that I had worked incredibly hard to get in the first place. But, ordering that spin bike and starting virtual classes has changed everything for me!

When I was training for my half marathon, I was running three times a week, doing a YouTube arm video five times a week, and taking a runners cardio class once a week. All of that activity, along with family walks and hikes, made for a pretty active lifestyle. At the time, that was new for me, and I was so surprised at how good I felt. I had spent my entire life in a sedentary state, and I didn’t know what I was missing.

Today, I feel like I’m on my way back. With the Peloton app (this is not an ad, just my thoughts), I’ve been able to take a variety of classes to see what works for me in my new, post surgery body. I have really been enjoying pushing myself and seeing improvements each day. I finally have hope that I’ll be alright again!

Steven Michael is a long distance runner and runs most days of the week. Ellis has even caught the active bug and started his first running class last night! With all of this activity, we don’t always have time to cook an elaborate meal at the end of the day. This Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini is the perfect solution. The whole thing takes 15 minutes to make, and it is incredibly delicious. It’s so easy that I could probably cook it without the help of my personal chef, Steven Michael. Though, let’s be honest, I’m not going to! 😂 Technically, this will give you four servings, but with all of the physical exertion and my lack of self control, we each ate two. Oops!

What kind of activities do you enjoy? What makes you feel good? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on our social media pages!

Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini - An easy, fast meal for any night of the week! This is packed with flavor and is sure to be a household favorite.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time15 mins

Spinach Pesto
 ½ cup Olive Oil
 4 oz Baby Spinach
 ½ cup Shredded Asiago Cheese
 1 tsp Fresh Oregano
 1 tsp Salt
Misc.
 1 lb Cheese Tortellini
 ¼ cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
 ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1

Set large pot of water on the stove to boil.

2

While waiting for the water to boil, add all pesto ingredients to a food processor and blend together on high.

3

Cook the Tortellini as directed on the package.

4

While the Tortellini is cooking, put the Sun Dried Tomatoes in a sauce pan on low to heat them up.

5

Drain the Tortellini then add them to the pan with the Sun Dried Tomatoes and mix.

6

Pour the pesto over the top and mix well before serving. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the portions in the bowls.

Ingredients

Spinach Pesto
 ½ cup Olive Oil
 4 oz Baby Spinach
 ½ cup Shredded Asiago Cheese
 1 tsp Fresh Oregano
 1 tsp Salt
Misc.
 1 lb Cheese Tortellini
 ¼ cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
 ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions

1

Set large pot of water on the stove to boil.

2

While waiting for the water to boil, add all pesto ingredients to a food processor and blend together on high.

3

Cook the Tortellini as directed on the package.

4

While the Tortellini is cooking, put the Sun Dried Tomatoes in a sauce pan on low to heat them up.

5

Drain the Tortellini then add them to the pan with the Sun Dried Tomatoes and mix.

6

Pour the pesto over the top and mix well before serving. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the portions in the bowls.

Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini

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