I love the idea of pesto being healthy. Unfortunately, most store bought pestos are full of fat, sodium and preservatives. That meant I needed to make my own. I decided to create mine a little different than the traditional pestos containing basil. I LOVE spinach so this is how mine is different. I also decided to add in some peas for a very mild sweetness. The result....a very hearty pesto that is delicious and you can feel good about eating! I find myself dipping into it so much I have to refrain from eating the whole bowl at once!
This Vegan Spinach Pea Pesto is absolutely delicious, dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free and ready in just a few minutes.
Spinach Pea Pesto
3 cups fresh packed spinach
1 cup cooked peas
1/4 cup pecans (lightly toast them if you desire in a small saucepan over low heat just for a minute or so making sure to not let them burn)
2-3 large cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano spice (or use 1 teaspoon dried Italian spice mix)
2-3 tablespoons of water, depending on desired thickness
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Add all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until thick and creamy. Taste and add any additional salt/spices, if desired. Process again until super smooth, at least a minute or two. Should be silky smooth and delicious! Serve with homemade tortilla chips, veggies or over pasta. I love this as a dip and also warmed up over pasta, it is delicious!
Optional Homemade Garlic Tortilla Chips:
Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Stack 4 whole wheat tortilla chips on top of each other. Cut in halves, then fourths. Sprinkle with sea salt and garlic powder. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Brandi is a devoted Mommy and wife who is passionate about cooking and baking delicious vegan dishes. She believes healthy food can be simple, quick and taste incredible. She gets creative in the kitchen to make recipes that will fool anybody that they aren't missing traditional non-vegan ingredients. Be sure to follow this blog for all recipes and updates.
Hi! I'm Brandi, a wife and mom behind this blog who healed my husband's gout and my digestion issues through a plant-based diet. I'm not complicated, I keep things simple. All my recipes are 8 ingredients or less, not counting salt, pepper or water. They are allergy-friendly, as they are all vegan, oil-free and nearly all are gluten-free. You'll find lots of baked goods here, as I've been a baker all my life, it's my passion!