Nutritionally dense, adding a handful of New Life Microgreens to this easy-peasy pea pesto recipe can kick your immune system into overdrive! Green, fresh and full of flavour, you’ll never reach for boring pesto again!
Does the sound of making your own pesto sound like a three-day affair? I also thought so, until I tried. Making my pea pesto takes little more than five minutes to whip up, even though the wait to eat it feels much longer!
I’ve recently started growing microgreens with New Life Microgreens, and the addition of a handful of radish microgreens to this recipe really elevated the fresh goodness of the pesto.
Served with crunchy seed bread or toasted slices of sourdough, it makes a healthy lunch or snack when enjoyed with vegetable sticks. The myriad of uses are endless – perfect for a pizza base, wraps or pitas, the pesto is versatile, super yummy and loaded with all the good stuff!
I’ve even used the pesto on lamb chops hot off the braai, almost like a modern salsa verde, or even to toss boiled baby potatoes in for the ultimate indulgent side dish. You could also mix your pea pesto with a bit of plain cream cheese for a fresh dip or an accompaniment to a cheese platter for summer.
Pea pesto with New Life Microgreens
- Food processor
- 1.5 cups frozen peas (remove from freezer and thaw for 15 minutes)
- 1 container New Life Microgreens (radish mix)
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan (or any other hard cheese)
- 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- juice of two small lemons
- 3 cloves garlic (or to taste!)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Put all the ingredients (less lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper) in a food processor or blender.
- Add lemon juice and olive oil little bit by little bit whilst blending, until it reaches your desired consistency. It should be scoopable and not runny.
- Serve with toasted seed bread, and top with more microgreens, lemon juice, slices of avocado or an poached egg.
- Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days, if you can make it last that long!
- Instead of almonds, you can use any other nut, such as pine nuts, cashews or even macadamia nuts. The same with the cheese - you can use any hard cheese, like pecorino, if you don't have parmesan.
Giving the gift of growth
Lock-down has reminded me of the joy of growing food. I’ve spent my time nurturing a substantial little veggie patch in my back garden, and New Life Microgreens are now a staple in my kitchen windowsill. It’s simply so rewarding and fascinating, to watch these little green warriors grow and change at your fingertips. And best of all, they taste delicious!
This festive season, give the gift of growth to those you love. New Life Microgreens even offer a kiddies range, with sweet little sprouts to keep busy hands occupied!
Check our their website here to view their range of kiddie-friendly Micro Shooters: http://newlifemicrogreens.co.za/micro-shooters/
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