The BEST Mint-Walnut Pesto with Shrimp & Veggies
So a few weeks ago I tried out Giada's Lemon Cumin Chicken with Mint Pesto. The chicken was pretty good, but the PESTO - oh man, it was the best thing ever. I honestly could have eaten it with a spoon. I only resisted because we had another couple over. After I made it once, I had to make it over and over and I served it with all kinds of things - crackers, veggies, turkey-avocado roll ups, and even with my scrambled eggs and Ezekiel toast. So darn good. I only had one idea for dinner on Monday, and it was the Mint-Walnut Pesto. I based my whole meal around it, and turns out it was freaking delicious mixed up with some jumbo shrimp, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and cannellini beans. This is the perfect weeknight meal - you'll be in and out of the kitchen within 20 minutes and major bonus - you can make this all in one pan for minimal cleanup. Quick cooking, cleaning, and a healthy and filling meal . . . What could be better!?
How green and pretty is that? Here's how you're going to make the pesto (and then you're going to eat it on everything!) . . .
Modified from Giada's Mint Pesto
1 ½ packed cups (about 1 large bunch) fresh mint leaves
1 packed cup raw spinach
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 garlic clove
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (start with a small amount, then add
more to get to desired consistency)
Salt and pepper to taste
Now for the rest of the meal . . .
Get creative and use your favorite veggies! This is what I did:
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup spinach
1 can of cannellini beans
12 jumbo shrimp
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
6/13/2014 08:37:00 am
Oh, this sounds too good! I want to make some for my friends, but some of them are allergic to nuts. If I omit the nuts, do I have to add more of something else?
7/1/2014 11:51:51 am
Hi Tara! Good question. I think it will still be delicious without the nuts! I don't think you need to necessarily add anything extra in it's place, but you could always throw in a little more cheese and make it extra tasty :)
5/28/2016 05:55:01 am
Is it possible to store this pesto, if so how long can we store in the refrigerator
6/1/2016 09:08:22 am
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.
July 28th, 2016
Almond Milk Matcha Lattes
June 23, 2017
Almond Butter Cup Smoothie
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.