Pesto is one of those foods that just remind me of my childhood. I remember having pesto quite frequently in the summer time and I could not get enough of the stuff. That aspect of me has never quite changed and now it seems like pesto is everywhere you go. I understand though because it is freaking fabulous. When I started cooking it was one of the first dishes I made and I would really recommend it to any beginners because it is hard to mess it up. It's also great for a quick weeknight meal when you're short on time! When I went dairy free I pretty much wrote off pesto. A couple of months back I had a light bulb go off in my head that said avocados! I mean I use avocados to make creamy dressing so why not for pesto. The first time I made it I used nuts as well, just like in a normal pesto but I think with the avocado and the nuts it's a little much and not as good. There is a better flavor without them. This pesto is nice and creamy and you won't even miss the Parmesan. I'm quite happy with this one and now can't really stop making it--good thing it's summer (or almost ;)!) You can use the pesto in pasta like I did or you can use it as a dressing over any meat, fish, veggies, or whatever your heart desires!
A V O C A D O P E S T O P A S T A R E C I P E
☂ 4 oz. package of basil (which is about 1 cup of basil leaves), remove basil leaves from stems and wash thoroughly
☂ 1 large avocado (or 1½
☂ juice of 1 lemon
☂ 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
☂ 1 tsp. salt
☂ ½ tsp. black pepper
☂ 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
☂ 1 Tbsp. water
☂ 1 lb. gluten free spaghetti (I use Barilla and highly recommend it),
☂ 1 lb. cooked chicken breasts, diced
☂ 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
☂ Cook pasta according to package directions.
☂ While pasta is cooking place all pesto sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings to taste.
☂ Drain pasta and place into a large bowl. Add in diced cooked chicken and halved tomatoes. Pour pesto sauce onto the pasta and toss until everything is coated!
☂ WALAH! Enjoy and start feeling nourished♥