Beet Top Pesto


It never occurred to me that at some point in my lifetime I would be eating beet tops.  I’m trying to remember the first time I ever ate beets but I think in the last four weeks… my first four weeks back to work as a mom, has tried me harder than ever before.

If heading back to work after being home with your baby girl for 13 months isn’t hard enough we endured a few other milestones (both good, sad and in between) which are normally stressful in their own right.  I don’t know yet if we have turned a corner (it doesn’t feel like it, yet, I think we have a few more speed bumps in sight) but what I do know, sharing is caring, so in the spirit of all things yummy I have for you chef’s beet top pesto!


  • 5-6 cups Beet Top Greens (just the green leaves from approximately 2 bunches of beets)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Salt, to taste


Toss the greens, walnuts, garlic cloves, and lemon juice and zest in a blender or food processor. Blend them all together until everything is chopped up. With the blender or food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the sauce is smooth. Season to taste with salt (start with a couple pinches).


Depending how many people you will be feeding will determine how you use and store the amount it makes.  For us a ziploc baggy full gives us enough for 2 people if mixed with pasta.  We are big eaters here so it may be slightly different for everyone.  I think we made about 5 baggy’s worth.

Freeze, it eat fresh it definitely won’t be the traditional pesto you’re used to.  Which in a way is … refreshing.  Take in all the goodness beets and its tops provide and know that you’re actually not wasting any part of it.  Pretty amazing stuff.



We made it! Week one back to work is over.

How did my baby go from completely helpless to ‘miss thang’ in 13 months?  This is insane.  In one week I am already back on a schedule and in a routine – ugh!  The only thing that got me through the first week (without crying) was knowing that my first day back was a Tuesday, and on Tuesday mornings at the office they bring in breakfast pastries such as cinnamon buns, muffins…danishes – delish!

So does it come as a surprise then that anytime Charlotte cries the one thing that will make her stop is food?  I have no idea where she gets that from…?

The two weeks before back to work were bitter sweet.  All I wanted to do was duct tape her to my body so she couldn’t leave me but as we know, someone might call child services so … I only did it for half a day.

Kidding.  maybe.

But seriously, a day didn’t pass that I wasn’t pulling back tears.  I knew that this would be good for both of us I just wasn’t willing to admit it.  Through the tears and duct tape  though, there were days I just wanted to get up, put on a suit and tackle some problems without having to wash dishes and the floor for the umpteenth time that day.  I wanted someone else to handle it along with the diaper changes and the tantrums.

Thankfully, daycare has been good for for the both of us.  A regular dose of other little humans for her and big ones for me, someone else giving (us) instruction and time away from each other, long enough to be excited to see each other.


(Getting ready for our 3rd day of daycare)

After one week, she is still happy to go and excited to see me at the end of the day – I couldn’t be happier.  The tears are a little less and work has (guiltfully – is this a word?) been amazing.