Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! I had such a wonderful weekend! My husband took me out on a date Friday night, and then Saturday we spent the day out by the beach and took our three little munchkins on a boat ride, then headed into LA for some delicious grub at The Veggie Grill. Their Sweetheart fries are crazy good!! Hope all of you had a great Labor Day weekend as well!
A little while ago I made this avocado pesto pasta from Chef Chloes blog, and it was really delicious. I loved the creamy texture that the avocados gave to he whole dish! Plus, I'm just plain in love with avocados. I love them! And they are so good for you too!
So this is my own take on the idea of adding avocados into pesto. I used two different herbs in it for tons of freshness, left out the nuts, and added some veggie stock to it to replace some of the oil that would typically go into a pesto, and of course added in some creamy avocados. I served it on a bed of fresh greens. It was absolutely delicious, filling, creamy, satisfying, very healthy, and left me wanting more!!!
I served mine with soba noodles, but feel free to use any noodle that you love!
2 packages soba noodles, or 1 box of regular pasta, any shape
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 lemons 2 ripe avocados
1 clove of garlic
few big handfuls fresh basil
1 big handful fresh mint
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3-1/2 cup vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
In a largepot of salted water, cook the noodles you are using according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Prepare the Creamy Basil and Mint Pesto:
Add the lemon zest, juice, garlic, avocados, basil, and mint in a food processor. Pulse and mix well. Drizzle in the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse to mix again. The pesto will still taste strong and lemony. Now slowly start adding in vegetable broth (about 1/2 cup) until the flavor and texture is good and to your liking. Add any additional salt and peeper if needed. Add the pesto to the noodles, and toss to mix well.
Place a large handful of spinach in the bottom of a bowl or plate. Top with the paste, and garnish with sliced tomatoes. Add a little pepper tot he top, and enjoy!!