Daycare friendly pesto

Whether your children are allergic or intolerant to nuts and dairy or your daycare doesn’t allow nuts, it doesn’t mean they can’t have pesto!  AND who wouldn’t want to get their children into eating nutritious basil and pumpkin seeds?

I’m not one to follow a recipe, so when I saw the idea to make pesto on pumpkin seeds (pepitas), I decided to throw my own ingredients into our Thermomix and see what we got 🙂  You can’t go too wrong – I added a bit ‘too much’ lemon juice once but it was nice and tangy and the boys still loved it!  We grow our own basil, so the quantity of the remaining ingredients basically depends on how much basil we pick.  So here is a rough recipe.   

Daycare friendly pesto

  • Bunch of basil (about 2 cups of leaves)
  • About 1/2 cup pepitas (ideally soaked in water overnight to ‘activate’ them which makes their nutrients more available to your body and softer so they are a better texture for the pesto).  You can always add more pepitas at the end if you feel you want the pesto ‘crunchier’.
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • About 1/2 cup olive oil (ideally cold pressed, not processed olive oil) – but you may like to add more or a bit less depending how oily you want it.  The pesto will go firmer in the fridge.
  • Himalayan rock salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan is optional

Blend all ingredients together and it’s ready for a healthy ‘green’ sandwich filling by itself or with avocado.  Or a topping on roast sweet potato or of course pasta.  Or even add to some mayonnaise as a salad dressing or in a vege soup for flavour and texture… Or a topping on any meat?  As you can see, it doesn’t last long in our house 🙂  It should keep in your fridge for a good week.

tasty pesto!

tasty pesto!

 

 

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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