Who doesn't like a big bowl of comforting pesto pasta?? The kids also go nuts for it, so here's a little vegan version. Instead of parmesan I've added nutritional yeast fortified with B12, which we need to keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy, and also prevent a type of anaemia that can make you feel tired and weak. Sometimes people on a vegan diet become deficient, which is why having it fortified into stuff like nutritional yeast is useful. You can also sprinkle into scrambled tofu or eggs, on salads, popcorn, or in white sauces. Quite cool stuff actually.
The below recipe should be added to any whizzy contraption, and please do add more oil, or water to loosen it up to your liking. Same for the ratio of pine nuts to basil/ lemon etc.
For getting more veggies into the kids, blanch some frozen peas (maybe a couple of tbsp) and add them in, or half an avocado perhaps. Be aware garlic can also be quite spicy for them, so have a play about with the amount yourself, I've been quite conservative here.
- 50g basil
- 25g pine nuts
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- Juice of 1 or 2 lemons
- Tsp salt
- 1 medium garlic clove
- Roughly 60g olive oil (mix extra virgin and mild)
- Additions: Add half avo or some peas
So many delicious dishes to choose from with pesto, but my favourites are below, and I've made them all vegan.
- Dairy free cheese and pesto toastie
- Wholemeal wrap with humous, pesto, grated carrots, sprouts, salad, vegan cream cheese and any other greens from the fridge!
- Vegan veggie lasagne. Roast a load of veg including peppers and onions, tomatoes and garlic, add to chopped tomatoes in a pan, and layer on the pesto with your vegan cheese sauce (made from Oatley milk, dairy free Flora, flour and vegan cream cheese)
- Crostini with pesto and tomatoes
Enjoy Pesto fiends!