Pesto the wonder sauce. And what better time to make in the height of the summer when the basil plants are at their peak.
Pesto goes with just about everything, on anything and literally takes about 10 minutes to make.
Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. Out of ideas? Pull out the pesto. Spice up your scrambled eggs. Add pizzazz to your favorite salads. Having a glass of wine? Pair with zucchini roll ups, smoked salmon and some gluten free crackers. Blend into your favorite hummus or guacamole to change up the flavor. Dollop the cooked veggies and skip the heavy sauces and butter. Glaze your fish or chicken. Get my drift? With a little creativity and imagination, the ideas are endless!
If you are uncertain about adding spinach to your pesto, I encourage you to give it a try. There are many wonderful bonuses to adding it to your recipe. First off, basil has such a sweet, pungent powerful taste you won’t even notice the spinach in your recipe. And the vibrant green color of spinach showcases your food.
By adding spinach to your pesto, you are adding a powerhouse of nutrients. The World's Healthiest Food (a not-for-profit foundation) analysis of nutritional properties placed spinach at the top of their nutrient-rich food list. “Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline. Additionally, spinach is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, pantothenic acid and selenium…”
Spinach is also cheaper to purchase than basil so you make a lot more pesto without sacrificing the flavor. Or, if you are really creative and want to learn how to grow spinach, this is your complete guide.
You will get nothing but compliments from your samplers! Make in bunches when basil and spinach are at their peak freshness and freeze. I like to use small wide mouth pint mason jars. They make nice quick gifts to have on hand and freeze easily to enjoy throughout the cold winter months.
For a delicious super healthy and easy Basil Spinach Dairy Free Pesto dish check out the recipe below. You won't be disappointed!