In my latest book, Weelicious Lunches, I share the top 10 foods I always have on hand in my refrigerator and pantry. Number 3 on the list is Everyday Pesto. It’s the easiest recipe to make and a fun way to get your kids involved in cooking by letting them help you put all the ingredients in the food processor. You can use this pesto to mix into pasta, rice, quinoa or even to coat on chicken or fish before or after cooking to add a tons of flavor and moisture. It can be used as a base to create a variety of recipes like Egg Pesto Melts while adding a ton of oomph!
Basil Pesto is easy to make, you can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on — from fish, to pasta to a sandwich. Even my husband loves it. And seriously, what’s not to love?!
Speaking of food that’s green, it just dawned on me that St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday. Since I’m such a big fan of using natural green coloring in holiday themed food, I have 23 Dye Free recipes that are perfect for St. Patty’s. I even created an entire St. Patty’s Day menu on my new menu planning service, Weelicious Menus, to help you get in the mood and celebrate whether you’re born with the luck of the Irish or not.
Watch this video to help you get started making something tasty, but also a fun way to get ready for St Patrick’s Day!
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.