Delicious pesto everyone would love! I avoid cheese and only use it occasionally. I wanted to use hard goats cheese here but decided to go with nutritional yeast instead and it worked really well. This pesto is loaded with nutrients and is easy peasy to make 🙂
Finio had “dirty” pasta phobia for the past 4 months or so. His little cousin screamed at dinner one day that she doesn’t want “dirty” pasta and demanded pasta & sauce separately. My son was enjoying his pasta mixed with sauce but when he heard her cry….he also demanded “clean” pasta. That’s how the whole phobia started. I started to try out different colours of sauce & pasta types but wasn’t really successful…but everything changed last week when his Dad was preparing spaghetti Bolognese! We involved him in the kitchen and his Dad was cooking. I added just a little sauce to his pasta and some more on the side and he loved it! It’s been over a week and we had at least 3 dinners with pasta and so far no fuss 🙂 I was going to serve this pesto with buckwheat pasta but the contrast between whitish pesto and dark pasta was too strong and decided to go with corn pasta. He loved it <3
What age? recipe contains almonds so if your child is not allergic you can serve it. I’d serve it to babies 7m+ and not as one of the first meals 😉
Filip started eating with his hands (28 months old) but then saw us twirling pasta around our forks and wanted eating the same way 🙂 He ate 2/3 of his portion without any fuss about the “dirty” pasta 🙂
This is the hemp seed oil that I use.
- • 1/2 cup almonds (soaked for a few hours and peeled)
- • 1/3 cup broth
- • 1 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast flakes * (deactivated yeast)
- • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (I've used frozen)
- • favourite pasta
- • pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- • 1 tbsp hemp oil or more if you're using some oil that is delicate in flavour
- • 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1. Soak almonds in warm water for a few hours (I left them overnight). Drain them (this water is a great plant conditioner) and again pour warm water so it's easier to peel them.
- 2. Place almonds, broth & parsley in a blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste. Add nutritional yeast and stir. Try and if necessary, add more juice, salt or pepper.
- 3. Stir the pesto in the hot pasta ( 1-2 tbsp per an adult serving & about 2 tsp for a child's portion).
- * Are you familiar with nutritional yeast flakes ? They enrich dishes not only with the cheesy flavor but also with the full spectrum of vitamins and folic acid. They are also an excellent source of: iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium and selenium.
- I came accross them a few months ago and love them ! It is worth buying them because they are really efficient. I usually add them to burgers and pasta (instead of cheese).