green pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of greens (traditionally basil, but try using greens such as arugula, kale, spinach or even mustard)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts (nut allergy? Try using sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds or skip them)
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. of water or lemon juice as needed

Preparation:

  1. Combine greens, garlic and walnut in a blender or food processor and pulse to combine.  Slowly drizzle olive oil and continue to pulse.  Scrape down sides and blend until smooth.
  2. Add pesto to hot pasta and serve immediately.  Pesto can also be frozen in our So Easy Freezer Trays to make convenient, pre-portioned cubes that can be dropped into hot pasta.
  3. Although perfect on paper, greens aren’t always tops in toddler food choices.  Here are some ways to help the introduction go a bit smoother.
  • Set a good example by eating your greens.
  • Make it fun!  Chop down broccoli trees, help those dinosaurs eat more leaves and be sure to remind them of the super strength they get from eating these super foods.
  • Be patient and don’t forget the Ten Times Rule. 
  • Want to add more variety with your salads, check out our article on salads greens complete with recipes for homemade dressings here.