Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meatless Monday – Pesto

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Vegan Pesto – one word YUM!

So very easy to make and so incredibly delicious.

Ingredients:

    • 2-3 cups fresh basil leaves
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    • 1/2 cup walnuts
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    • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • Pinch of pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • vegan parmesan (optional)

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1. Toss all ingredients into your food processor…

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blend 4 seconds….

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scrape down the sides and blend some more…

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scrape sides a bit more and blend a bit more…

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sample a little bit because it’s oh.so.yummy!

Then toss some with your favorite dish – my choice this day was pasta…

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eat up…and share some with someone you love

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DELISH!

There was definitely some pesto left-over (yahoo!) so I put it into a covered container in my refrigerator to keep for a few days. If I want to keep it longer, it actually freezes really well. Just put some into a freezer safe container and pop it in there. Remove it about 1/2 hour before you need it in a dish to thaw…simple!

Ways I like to use Pesto - (aka reason to make and freeze a LOT):

  1. on pasta
  2. spread on sandwiches (especially paninis)
  3. mixed in a rice dish
  4. spread in a vegan pizza
  5. mixed in bruschetta
  6. thinned with some oil and vinegar for a light dressing
  7. tossed with veggies
  8. added to soups

Do you have any good ideas to use pesto? Please Share!

Happy Meatless Monday!

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Comments

3 Responses to “Meatless Monday – Pesto”
  1. 1
    Jessica Anne says:

    Yum! I need to try that, the pasta looks fantastic!

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    Lita says:

    It was so easy to make, that I can’t believe I haven’t tried it before!! Hope you like it!

  3. 3
    Kim Moran says:

    I’ve got everything but the food processor…I grew a ton of basil and this recipe sounds perfect!!!