We love pesto at my house. It's flavorful and pretty kid friendly. But I understand it's not very allergy friendly. While my family doesn't personally have to deal with food allergies I know some of your families do.
So a couple weeks ago I whipped up this spinach pesto with flaxseeds modifying this recipe from Chow. . It's budget-friendly because instead of basil it uses pesto and it's allergy friendly because instead of pine nuts there are flaxseeds.
Plus it's really simple.
You will need:
8 cups loosely packed spinach (baby spinach works best)
1/2 cup flax seeds
2 garlic close
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt and pepper
a food processor
Place half your spinach in your food processor along with your flaxseeds and begin to process. after about 20 seconds add in your garlic and the rest of your spinach.
Add in your salt and pepper along with your cheese.
Now comes the fun part. While your processor is still running begin adding in your oil, allowing it to drizzle down the side of the bowl until the entire thing is a green velvety dip!
Serve with some whole wheat pasta. Trust me. It's delicious.
What about you? What have you been cooking lately?