It’s so good to have some pre-prepared good food that you can use as a quick mid-week easy supper.

Having a jar of homemade pesto in the fridge or freezer is just perfect for such a night.  The joy of fresh homemade pesto is all in the taste, it’s far lighter and fresher tasting and doesn’t contain any additives or colourings.  It’s very simple to make and can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for weeks.

Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 50g pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 100g basil leaves, big bunch
  • 50g Parmesan
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 150ml of extra virgin olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  You can also use a pestle and mortar if you prefer.

I tend to season later, so the kids can enjoy it too.

Summer Pesto Salad Pasta

Using the homemade pesto recipe above for my light and tasty summer salad

Pasta can be enjoyed as part of healthy balanced diet when eaten as a post workout treat meal.  Serve with lots of fresh vegetables and be conscience of portion control.  I tend to aim for a starter size portion and fill my plate with all the delicious salad and vegetables.

It’s just so darn good, it can be tempting to go for second helpings.  My suggestion is to measure out the pasta per person, so you can’t!

Ingredients:

  • Homemade pesto
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped mixed olives
  • Fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Pasta
  • Prawns (optional), pan fry in a little oil

Cook a pan of your favourite pasta, I’ve used penne.

Drain and wash with boiling water to remove any starch.

Stir in the homemade pesto, throw in all the other ingredients, toss together and serve with some Parmesan shavings.

Bon appetit!

Variation:

A Slight variation on the above recipe is to add: asparagus, avocado, pumpkin and sesame seeds. (see the photos that show it in all its glory)

Based on NHS guidelines, each serving would count as about 4 portions of the recommended 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

The list of ingredients below are all one of your 7-10 a day:

  • Avocado – half
  • Cherry tomatoes 7
  • Asparagus spears 5
  • Onion 1 medium
  • Spinach 1 cereal bowl
  • Lettuce 1 cereal bowl

 

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