nutrient dense herb? Pesto is a great way to include basil in your diet, and it includes heart healthy monounsaturated fats from olive oil and walnuts. It also adds protein from parmesan cheese to a vegetarian dish.
Simon recently received The Sriracha Cookbook as a gift, and I couldn't wait to try out some of the recipes (there is also a vegetarian version of this book, by the way). I bought a grill wok, which was only $10.00 at Winners, and I happened to have two very large basil plants, so sriracha pesto coated grilled veggies seemed like the way to go!
I adapted the recipe from the cookbook based on how much basil I had (the recipe calls for less basil and the addition of spinach), and I reduced the amount of cheese. We served these veggies as a side with grilled chicken breasts and sweet potatoes.
For the pesto (makes about 1 1/2 cup):
1 cup walnuts
1 cup Thai basil, packed
1 cup Italian basil, packed
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp sriracha
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toast walnuts in the oven at 325 degrees F for 5-7 minutes, until fragrant. Allow to cool.
Add walnuts, basil, parmesan, olive oil, garlic, sriracha, salt and pepper to food processor. Blend until uniform in appearance, scraping down sides as necessary.
Refrigerate pesto until serving. Use on top of grilled veggies, grilled chicken, or pasta.
Nutrition (per 2 tbsp)
For the grilled veggies (8 servings):
Note: The amount in the picture is half of the veggies coated in pesto, or 4 servings. We had to grill in two rounds to make 8 servings (the wok could only fit that much).
2 yellow zucchinis, sliced
2 green zucchinis, sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped into squares
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into squares
1/2 onion, chopped into squares
Half of the Sriracha Pesto recipe for coating
Canola spray, for greasing grill wok
In a large bowl, combine all of the sliced vegetables. Toss in sriracha pesto until evenly coated. Spray grill wok with canola oil spray, then transfer vegetables to wok. Grill on the barbecue, tossing vegetables often, until vegetables are cooked through.
Nutrition (veggies with pesto)