When my late summer garden harvest sprouted multiple bunches of basil, I knew exactly what to put on the menu: pesto.
You may be familiar with this sabroso vegetarian green sauce on pasta, but did you know pesto is delicioso paired with other foods as well? This Meatless Monday, enjoy creamy pesto with nutritious potatoes.
Creamy Avocado Pesto Potatoes Recipe
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1/2 cup nuts (I used a mixture of walnuts, most recipes use pine nuts)
- 2 avocados, pitted and peeled
- juice of ½ lemon
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 potatoes, cut into small pieces
- Make pesto by combining basil, avocado, nuts, garlic, oil, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
- Saute potatoes in olive oil on low heat for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Add 1/2 cup of pesto sauce to potatoes and cook and additional 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Pesto recipes traditionally call for pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, but I saved money (and made the dish vegan) by using walnuts and avocado. The result is creamier than normal but still features pesto’s sabroso basil flavor.
Not only is this recipe delicioso, its natural ingredients are great for your health. Basil can reduce anxiety and boasts antioxidant and antibacterial properties, while avocados are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and potassium, and hearty potatoes are packed with important vitamins and minerals. A winning combination!
Use remaining pesto as a pasta sauce, smooth it on a sandwich, or try another one of these 10 ways to use pesto.
Reducing your meat consumption can lower your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories, reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Sauces like pesto add so much sabor to your plate, it’s easy to go meatless once a week when you have flavorful alternatives from which to choose.
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A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.
What are your favorite ways to use pesto?