During my Whole30, I really needed flavour for my meals and this basil recipe was it! Such a perfect match to all my dishes, gives them a pop of flavour. This Pesto is amazing on roasted potatoes, roasted veggies, chicken, steak, salads, fish, rice, pasta.. You can add it to everything!
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup walnuts (sometimes I use cashews)
3 cloves of garlic
3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup spinach leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups of extra/virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
⚪️ heat pan, when a its good and hot place the nuts on the pan and toss around till lightly brown. About 2 minutes
⚪️⚪️Combine the walnuts and garlic in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the basil and spinach and pulse until chopped. Add the lemon juice. While mixing on low speed, add the olive oil in a slow stream until all the ingredients are fully blended. Add the salt and pepper and pulse a few more times to combine.
This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in serving sizes inside cube tray.
Being lactose intolerant I stray away from dairy as often as I can. My husband borrowed a cook book from a coworker, Oh She Glows Every Day. What a gorgeous looking book! I’ll be ordering this book as soon as I can, I can’t wait to try more of her dishes.
There were a couple ingredients that we didn’t have on hand like capers and chickpeas but we made a delicious chicken Caesar salad with what we had and from following her directions for a dressing.
Instead of making the roasted chickpea we made our own garlic croutons using a whole grain sour dough bread. We also added baked chicken breast for an added protein.
We were surprises how creamy this dressing came out. This was so flavourful and satisfying, and definitely adding it to our monthly meal plan. Next time I’ll double the dressing and store it in the refrigerator for a few days.
⚪️Requires two hours minimum for the cashews to soak
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
⚪️⚪️ place cashews in a bowl and add water to cover by a couple inches. Soak for 2 hours minimum or over night.
Using a high speed blender or food processor , add the cashews and remaining ingredients except the salt. Blend till super smooth, you may add a splash of water to help mix it, then add your salt at the end. Adjust any spices as needed at the end.