celebrate your spinach with spinach-walnut pesto

Happy National Spinach Day! This nutritious little culinary kid begins its peak season this month and provides you with a whole bunch of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C, K, and folic acid. It stars in dips, as sides, rollatinis, and as one of my favorite secret ingredients in sauces. Here’s a quick and tasty recipe for Spinach-Walnut Pesto.

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of the good for you nutrients!

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of good for you nutrients!

Spinach Pesto

Ingredients:

A few basic ingredients help to get your greens in in a tasty way!

A few basic ingredients help to get your greens in in a tasty way!

1 10-ounce package fresh spinach

3 whole cloves of garlic

1  cup EVOO (plus more for thinning)

1/2 cup toasted walnuts (or whatever type of nuts you’d like! Lightly roast in a small pan over medium-high until fragrant, tossing frequently)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pinch of salt

A quick toss in a hot pan allows nuts to release their oils and bring out their peak flavor, especially if you keep them in the freezer like I do!

A quick toss in a hot pan allows nuts to release their oils and bring out their peak flavor, especially if you keep them in the freezer like I do!

Directions:

Combine spinach, nuts, garlic, and half of the EVOO in a food processor or blender. Chop until well blended. Stream in remainder of EVOO. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until just blended.

Using good olive oil insures big flavor in this sauce

Using good olive oil insures big flavor in this sauce

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pesto and warm until bubbly about 4-5 minutes. Add more EVOO if necessary. Serve over pasta, as dip, or use as marinade for grilled vegetables or chicken breast!

Freeze homemade pestos in tupperware for quick weeknight sauces!

Freeze homemade pestos in tupperware for quick weeknight sauces!

Celebrating a popeye of a good day with our ol’ friend spinach, all I am saying, is give greens a chance 🙂 For more info on the health benefits of spinach, check out this BBC article!

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s