Superfood Pesto


Why do regular pesto when you can do super pesto…


With my little boy getting more and more interested in food, I am constantly looking for new ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into his meals. In my world healthy does not need to be boring. Healthy meals can be equally exciting if done well, a little inspiration is all you need.

Take this superfood pesto for instance. I had lotsa greens and herbs in the fridge that needed to be used. So I decided to take the concept of pesto and turn it up a gazillion notches by combining all the herbs and veggies together. The result was absolutely sensational.  I used some rocket, mint, Vietnamese mint, dill, continental parsley, peas and spinach. Combined all that with some chilli flakes, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and toasted pine nuts. You can replace the spinach with silverbeet or kale too. 


My little boy absolutely demolished his superfood pesto pasta, I added some cheeky bits of steamed Beetroot for that extra dose of iron. Checkout the recipe below, a quick and easy meal for the whole family.

 

Ingredients: 11 Preparation time: 10 minutes

  • Half a bunch of fresh mint
  • Half a bunch of continental parsley
  • Quarter bunch of Vietnamese mint
  • Quarter bunch of dill
  • One cup of peas (fresh or frozen)
  • One cup of spinach
  • Two pods of garlic
  • Two tablespoons of lemon juice 
  • Two tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
  • Half a teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 125ml of extra virgin olive oil


Steam the peas and spinach until soft. Wash all the herbs, pat dry and add to the blender along with the other ingredients. Blitz until smooth. Your pesto is now ready. 


These proportions make enough for you to freeze a good chunk and use on days when putting a meal together for your family is the last thing on your mind.


I served this superfood pesto with rigatoni pasta, which my nine month old could easily grasp and feed himself. So in my books this is – Winner winner super dinner!

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