Spinach Pesto on Rice

Spinach Pesto on Rice from Weelicious

My greens obsession continues!

Can it be challenging to get kids to eat their greens? At times, absolutely. But it can really make a difference when you use your greens in creative ways.

Consider pesto. If your little one has an aversion to the color, I say get her involved in making it with you by letting her measure, dump and turn on the food processor. Sure it might make a bit of a mess in the kitchen, and you may have to do a little cajoling here and there, but I promise that when you're done and your youngster can taste how flavorful her creation turned out, that "no green food" face is going to be replaced with a big smile.

And don't forget to double the recipe so you always have extra spinach pesto on hand. I find it to be a lifesaver at mealtime. Just store the extra in freezer cubes and all you have to do is defrost one, toss it with pasta, rice, fish or chicken and voila, you have an effort-free meal in minutes!

Spinach Pesto on Rice from Weelicious

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Spinach Pesto on Rice (makes 1 1/4 cups - 5 servings)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil

Preparation

1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Stir into rice and serve.
* Can also be mixed into cooked pasta, fish or chicken.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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21 comments

  • Carolyn

    What can I substitute for Parmesan in pesto that is non dairy or soy? I have dairy and soy allergies

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    • Shannon

      Carolyn,
      There are so many brands of non-dairy/vegan cheese like Follow Your Heart that you can shredd and use. They used to just be found at Whole Foods and Sprouts, stores like that, but even my local grocery store carries non dairy cheese now.

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  • Susan

    The other day I made this with some mint pesto and my son ate it! Stirred in a beaten egg to the cooked rice over medium heat - for extra protein. Super fast food was delish.

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    • Pauline

      Susan,

      Do you mean that you just added mint to the recipie above or that you substituted the spinich for mint...I've to try at home!

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  • Adrienne

    Hi

    I've been following your pesto recipes for quite a while but I don't know how young can I start my lilttle one on pesto typically made of raw veg?

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    • Catherine

      If you are serving a pesto with nuts, like this one, it is a good idea to wait until they are 1, and always consult your pediatrician! The raw vegetables are not a problem. In fact, my kids have been eating nut-free cilantro pesto since they were very young! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2008/04/21/cilantr-os/

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  • Irina

    Can this be done with frozen spinach? If so, approximately how many ounces are equivalent to the \"2 cups packed?\"

    Thanks!

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  • Jennifer

    I'm wondering of this would still be good without the pinenuts? Nut allergies in this house:(

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    • Catherine

      The pinenuts do add a lot of flavor. You'll have a different flavor and consistency without them, but I think it would still taste great!

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    • Ana

      I have made regular pesto without the nuts when I am out and it still has a great flavor.

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  • Stephanie

    I made a version of this last night and stirred it into whole wheat couscous. No nuts, but my DD (2) loved it!

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  • Shira

    I made this last night. I threw in a handful of fresh basil leaves and served with whole wheat linguini and grilled chicken. Delicious!

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    • Babar

      yum. next is the lazy recipe for spicy tuna crmaey pesto with chili and mayo. with ground beef and corned beef. crmaey pesto rice ALL THE WAY!

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  • manin76

    I made this yesterday, with quinoa ... delicious !!!

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  • Isabelle

    Found this to be much better reheated. Threw in some chicken and tofu I had left over and it was delicious!

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  • Jessicac

    Made this with pasta and leftover chicken - yummy! Hard to know how much spinach as I eye-balled it but it's a great way to use up a garden surplus of spinach!

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  • Leileis

    Yum! Made this tonight and it was so good. I added about a cup of basil that I had on hand, turned out delicious. Mixed the pesto with some whole wheat penne and rotisserie chicken! Thank you Catherine for such an delicious and easy recipe.

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  • Paula

    Hi, it is delicious even without the pine nuts but is there anything I can substitute the pine nuts with for kids with a nut allergy?

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  • Emily

    I just made this for St. Patty's Day, and wanted to comment that aside from being delicious, the green color is so bright and pretty!

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