Pesto gnocchi with pan fried courgettes

This is a ridiculously easy but very tasty meal. I love gnocchi – it’s a super alternative to ordinary pasta as I find it doesn’t leave me feeling too full or bloated afterwards. Gnocchi is slightly lower in calories than tortellini, so I can easily convince myself it’s a healthy alternative! For this meal, I bulk out the gnocchi by adding a lot of courgettes, … Continue reading Pesto gnocchi with pan fried courgettes

Pesto and goats cheese roasted vegetables

Pesto and goats cheese roasted veggies

This is a twist on one of my favourite go-to dishes. It’s ridiculously yummy, easy AND healthy, so it’s perfect to make after work.  Goats cheese and pesto go together wonderfully and make this dish wonderfully rich, without sacrificing the healthy side! I don’t always use the exact veggies below – it’s a case of whatever you’ve got in the fridge and whatever you fancy … Continue reading Pesto and goats cheese roasted veggies

Guest-ipe: Macadamia Pesto and Roasted Pepper Tapas

Ingredients: 1 baguette loaf, sliced diagonally 1 roasted red pepper, peeled and cut into strips 1 roasted yellow pepper, peeled and cut into strips 100g (3.5oz) roasted macadamia halves Pesto: 4 large handfuls of basil leaves 160g (5.5oz) unsalted macadamias 3 cloves garlic, peeled 125mL (4 fl oz) olive oil 65g (2.5oz) freshly grated parmesan 1 /2 teaspoon sea salt Method: 1. Make the pesto … Continue reading Guest-ipe: Macadamia Pesto and Roasted Pepper Tapas

Pesto, Spinach and Tomato Tart

If the sun ever does come out and you want something amazingly light, easy and vegan to have for dinner, take on a picnic or stuff in your lunch box (the possibilities are endless really), this tart is what you need! I reckon even my dog could make it (she quite frequently runs in to glass doors) it’s that simple! Serves 4: 3 handfuls of basil 100g … Continue reading Pesto, Spinach and Tomato Tart

Me & Hugh: Stuffed Peppers with New Potatoes, Feta & Pesto

Serves 3 3 small peppers 200g small new potatoes 1 tbs olive oil 150g feta 4 tbs pesto Basil for topping Here’s something I’m not loathe to admit: I don’t really like new potatoes. Something of a staple in my Anglo-Celtic family upbringing, usually alongside some slab of meet and vegetable aside, I’ve always begrudged their steadfast, unchanging nature. You see, you can only do … Continue reading Me & Hugh: Stuffed Peppers with New Potatoes, Feta & Pesto

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Guest-ipe: Homemade Pesto

This delightfully simple recipe comes from my good friend James, who makes the best pesto this side of Italy. I highly recommend it tossed through pasta with some mini mozzarella balls and served with a cracking glass of Pinot Grigio. Serves 3-4 You will need: 50g Fresh basil 2 cloves of garlic 4 Tbsp Parmesan 40g Pine nuts 120ml Olive oil ½ Red chilli  Put … Continue reading Guest-ipe: Homemade Pesto