I went to visit my family in Iowa last month, and my sister made us pesto pasta for dinner one night. I knew my 5 year-old, Paige, would like it since she and I always love to make and eat pesto together in the summer, but was surprised that my son and 1 year-old Bridget liked it too! Since we have three basil plants in our garden currently, we have been making my pesto recipe like crazy. I love how fast basil grows back after you pick the leaves. What a wonderful herb!
We pour this over brown-rice noodles, or dip brown-rice tortillas or brown rice cakes in it. You can also dip any kind of veggie, of course :) It's a fantastic way to get healthy fats into your diet. For dinner, I serve pesto pasta with a salad and homemade dressing. On this particular night, I also added Roasted Sweet Potatoes and cantaloupe.
Makes about 1 cup
2 cups fresh basil, tightly packed
1 very large handful of spinach
1/2 c pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp. unrefined salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Combine ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.
On a side note, the sister I mentioned earlier bought Green Smoothie Girl's 8-week, whole food, plant-based menu plan and has drastically changed the way her family eats. She has done an AMAZING job at transitioning her family to a whole-food diet. And she has reaped awesome rewards! She is sleeping better, and has lost a ton of weight. Even better, she inspired another sister of mine to change her family's eating. I am just really amazed at how dedicated they both have been in changing their family's diets. There is definitely a learning curve, but HOLY COW, you would never know it with them! I'm so proud of both of them.
Also, here is the most recent picture I took of the growing belly. This is about 35 weeks (currently I am about 36). Last night, my husband and I took a refresher birthing class to prepare ourselves for what's to come in less than a month! I am loving the birthing center so far. They are very vigilant with the pregnancy and very helpful with any questions I have. They gave me some information on effective, yet natural, family planning for after the birth (TMI?), so I'm excited to read about it.
One thing I wanted to share with you all is this trace mineral iron I discovered. I tend to get low iron during pregnancy, but HATE taking iron supplements because of all the issues it can cause. This Ionic Iron brought my levels up 3% points in 4 weeks, with ZERO side effects. I put 1.25 ml. in a liter of limeade because iron absorbs best with Vitamin C and also to dilute the metallic taste.