Pizza, meatballs, burgers (omg YES), pasta, hummus, sandwiches…..I’m drooling over here just thinking about it! The possibilities are endless, friends. OR…or…just eat it by itself with bread! Alright, I need to stop talking about this because I’m way too excited about Healthy Spinach Pesto and I already ate the entire batch we had made and I NEED TO MAKE MORE RIGHT THIS MINUTE!
I actually used it to top the dough from the Healthy Cauliflower Mushroom Pizza recipe and it was THE BEST EVER. But now I’m seriously dreaming about those pesto burgers. I totally see that happening in the very near future! Ok but here I am still talking about how much I love pesto…..someone get me out of here….
How about we talk about the time I attempted to grow basil, instead. Once upon a time, before I was married, my roommate and I had this most excellent idea to grow a small garden on our apartment balcony. We bought many beautiful and edible plants, basil being amongst them. It was great! It was the beginning of spring, and we totally caught the gardening bug! Well….at least I THOUGHT I had. Fast forward a few months, my plants were nothing but soil because they had not only dried up and died, but totally disintegrated. As it turns out I’m just not good at keeping things alive. I forget to water and all that good stuff. Kids should be interesting one day…..
Anyway, there’s good news for us non gardeners who secretly wish they had a beautiful basil garden. As it turns out, you can buy a garden-in-a-can and grow basil in a Christine-proof way! There’s hope for everyone, friends. So great! Or…you know….you could just buy basil. Which is exactly what happened in this case.
But ANYWAY, let’s stop talking about that and get to this deliciously Healthy Spinach Pesto!
The BEST Spinach Basil Pesto (Healthy, 5-Minute Recipe!)
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 Tbsp dried basil (or 1/3 cup fresh basil, replacing 1/3 cup of spinach)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup grated mozzarella
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 medium lemon (juiced)
- salt/pepper (to taste)
- In food processor or blender, blend all of the ingredients together.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If for any reason you're not feeling the pine nuts, you can easily swap those out for walnuts! They provide roughly the same consistency and nutty flavor that you've come to love from pesto sauce.
- Make this recipe vegan by trading out the mozzarella out for vegan cheese. Still delicious and you won't even notice that it's vegan!
- Dried basil works just fine in the recipe and can be used to add that delicious pesto flavor, although fresh basil will be just as good if not better. If you opt for fresh basil, simply reduce the amount of spinach so that your basil flavor can really shine through.