What is better than a big bowl of -anything really!- topped with a heaping dollop of fresh homemade pesto? If you read last week's post on how toppings helped me go vegan (with a super cute topping idea printable for your fridge!), you know I'm a fan of adding some fun into all my dishes. Pesto is definitely one of my go to sides or toppings for everything from pasta, pizza, baked sweet potatoes, veggie bowls, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, even salads! Pesto is one of those sauces that is bursting with flavor. The store-bought kind however is choc-full of oil, and even these large queantities of healthier oils like olive oil are not good for the body. I make my pesto by using natural whole food fats, which not only add creaminess and richness, but they have all the fiber and nutrients that are lost when you extract oils from their original sources.
This recipe is super simple to make and in less than 10 minutes you can have it on the table. I love to always have some on hand to make any dish come to life. We're also adding some wonderful and iron rich spinach to the mix to make it even brighter and more nutritious. It's the bomb!
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Spinach and Basil Oil Free Pesto
Yield: 1 bowl of pesto ⎮ Prep time: 10 minutes ⎮ Cook time: None
1/3 cup almonds, pine nuts or any nut of choice
1 large garlic clove
1 bunch of fresh basil
A big handful of spinach
1/2 a ripe hass avocado
1/2 a lemon, juiced
Water to thin out the consistency
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Add the garlic and almonds (or nut of choice) to a food processor and pulse until grainy.
- Add the basil, spinach, avocado, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper, and a bit of water (if making pasta you may add some of the hot pasta cooking water to warm it up right in the food processor!)
- Process until creamy adding more water as needed so that you get a creamy consistency.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve as a sauce with your favorite pasta, as a spread for panini, sandwiches or wraps, on top of baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes, or as a topping for grain bowls or veggie bowls. Enjoy!
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