Pesto Hey Presto!

Pesto is one of those inventions that, to me anyway, is truly life changing.
It’s just so damn good!
A pretty recent foodie phenomenon, this simple mix of ingredients transforms an everyday dish into something elegant and exotic, never mind frickin’ gorgeous.
The best part is, pesto is ridiculously easy to make and here I’m going to share with you some of my favourite pesto flavours.
I use my Nutribullet to make my pesto but you can use a pestle and mortar or a regular food processor or blender either, whatever is available.

Basil Pesto

1 bunch fresh basil
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 large knob parmesan
2 clove garlic
Large dash of olive oil
Lemon juice from ½ lemon
Small handful of pine nuts or pumpkin seeds for some crunch
Salt & Pepper to taste

Spinach Pesto

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil
1 large knob parmesan
2 clove garlic
Large dash of olive oil
Lemon juice of ½ lemon
Small handful of pine nuts or pumpkin seeds for some crunch
Salt & Pepper to taste

Red Pepper Pesto

4 halved and roasted red peppers
1 cup fresh basil
2 clove garlic
Large dash of olive oil
Lemon juice of ½ lemon
Small handful of pine nuts or pumpkin seeds for some crunch
Salt and Pepper to taste

Literally just throw all of these ingredients into your appliance and whizz it all up until it reaches the consistency you like.
Toss through pasta, zucchini pasta or rice, serve as a dip with fresh bread or crudités or coat a salmon or chicken fillet before baking.
There are so many ways you can utilise pesto so get creative and have some fun with it.

Smoothies Any Which Way

Smoothies and Juices are a wonderful way to up your 5-A-Day intake
and for the obsessive compulsive in me;
they’re quick, clean and are a great way to use up any bits of
fruit and veg that are on the way out.
The beauty of the smoothie is that you can pretty much combine any
ingredients you have available and it’s bound to taste delish!
The best formula to use when creating your own recipe
is as follows and this can be interpreted any way you like;

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1 Part Thickener + 1 Part Liquid + 1 Cup Fruit + 1 Part Veg + 1 Part Booster

Here are some examples of each component;

Thickener

Your Smoothie Thickener should fill about ¼ of your cup
Banana
Avocado
Natural or Greek Yoghurt
Mango
Ice Cubes

Liquid

Approx. 250ml
Filtered Water
Coconut Water
Aloe water
Almond Milk
Soy Milk
Coconut Milk

Fruit

About a handful
The list is endless here. You really can use any fruit you like.
My favourites are mixed frozen berries, apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries,
raspberries, mango, frozen or fresh pineapple.

Veg

A good handful
The best veg to use is definitely dark, leafy greens.
They are packed with nutrients and dont take up that much room in your smoothie cup.
My two staples are spinach and kale. You can buy them either fresh or frozen to use.
I will also try to use beetroot wherever I can as it’s such a super Superfood!

Boosters

1 Tablespoon
Almonds
Cashew Nuts
Walnuts
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Cashew Butter
Chia Seeds
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Goji Berries
Coconut Chips
Cacao Nibs
Ginger Root
Honey
Cinnamon Stick
Vanilla Pod
Protein Powder
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice

Green Juices

Green juices have become so popular the last couple of years but they really do have
the right to be the A-List celeb in the Smoothie and Juice community.
They make take a bit of getting used to but they are seriously worth it.
I am a self proclaimed green juice addict but only because
I have personally felt the beneficial effects.
My energy is through the roof (you can ask my poor housemates),
my skin glows more than ever and my (very poor) digestion is improving all the time.
Like smoothies, you can use whatever is lying around in the fridge or the fruit bowl, the greener the better!
1/3 a cup of liquid with 2/3 a cup of greens and an extra booster or two
will combine to make a delish and ridiculously healthy juice.

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