I am back with another one of my favorite meatless meal ideas! Mexican food is one of the easiest meals to go meatless with. There are so many options to make. Our favorite is burritos and even though for this meal I decided to go with soft tacos it is easy to add some rice …
I am back with an easy peasy meatless meal idea to whip up in no time at all. This dish is so easy that I often forget about making it because I find myself over complicating dinner sometimes. When I have made Pesto pasta in the past I just used premade pesto sauce but this time I made my own using basil we grow in our at home indoor garden system.
My favorite jarred pesto sauce to use is Kirkland Basil Pesto. My youngest son follows a vegan diet so when I made this dinner I made a vegan pesto sauce and then added parmesan cheese for the rest of us.
For homemade pesto sauce
2 cups packed fresh basil
3 Tbsp pine nuts
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I use avocado oil)
3-6 Tbsp water or as much needed to achieve the consistency you want.
- Add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt to a food processor or blender and blend on high until a loose paste forms.
- Add olive oil a little at a time. Then add 1 Tbsp water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. I like mine to be a bit on the oily side so it’s easier to mix into the pasta.
- Adjust the flavor by adding more nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor or more nuts for nuttiness. I added more nutritional yeast. If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week. If you make more you can freeze the pesto in ice cube molds for 1 month or more.
Add the pesto to your favorite pasta and serve with your choice of vegetables!!
Of course I can’t leave this post without talking about something bookish so today I am talking about my mom’s handmade bookish sleeves and Norma’s bookmarkers. You can find their Etsy shop here and use SISTERS20 to get 20% off!!
Before Norma starting making book markers I already had a few book markers in my collection and now that has really grown. I love to have options and find myself matching the book I am reading either to the saying or colors to the book marker. So when I saw this book marker holder in their Etsy shop I snatched it up. My mom made more so if you collect book markers this is a handy idea. She will custom make you one if you want a different fabric!