Vegan Kale and Walnut Pesto Pasta

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well.

The recipe I’m sharing today is one that I’ve had written down for a few years and I finally decided to make it. It’s very green and has such spring vibes about it which I love. Its a great meal idea for those warmer afternoons/evenings when your feeling hungry but don’t want too much too eat. Its super healthy from the kale and peas and the blitzed walnuts provide a creamy flavour.

Walnuts contain the good fats and are a valuable source of omega-3, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Garden peas are a great source of iron which helps to transport oxygen around the body and produce red blood cells. There are so many varieties of kale, here I’ve used curly kale which is most common in supermarkets. Kale is a fantastic source of vitamin C, this is another powerful antioxidants that aids vital functions of the bodies cell’s. Overall, a very nice mixture of vitamins and minerals.

I wasn’t a complete fan of the taste as once its blended the flavour can become much more stronger however it’s something I could get used to. This is a vegan recipe however, you could sprinkle some cheese over the top for more flavour.

Recipe: Vegan kale and walnut pesto pasta (serves 2)

Ingredients

1/4 bag of kale

100g garden peas

200g dried fusilli

28g walnuts

1 garlic clove

Sprinkle of salt

25g oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • Put a small pot of water to boil, add the kale and peas cooking for 3-4 minutes. Scoop out the veg draining off any excess water through a colander and reuse the water for the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packets instructions and set aside once cooked. Saving 1/3 of the liquid
  • In a blender, add the kale, peas, walnuts, garlic, oil and enough liquid so that it blends to a smooth yet creamy consistency.
  • Tip the pesto mixture back into the pot and heat through for at least 5 minutes before adding the pasta. Stir everything together.
  • Serve the pasta between two plates and drizzle a little lemon juice over the top.

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Kale Pesto

Hello everyone, I hope your Tuesday has been well.

Today’s post is nice and quick, a kale pesto that goes perfect with pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches or tortilla chips. Pesto is a great filler food because it can be added to almost anything and you can customise it to your own taste by adding or taking away some of the ingredients for a smoother/grainier texture. Pesto is commonly eaten in Italy mixed in with pasta. This pesto recipe is a great balance, although we are using oil, olive oil is known to be a healthier variety containing monounsaturated fats which is linked to many health benefits including increased good cholesterol and weight loss. There is also a nutritious balance of kale and walnuts which provide the body with antioxidants essential for supporting the immune system.

Recipe: Kale pesto

Ingredients

40g kale

40g walnuts, toasted in a dry pan

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 lemon, juice

40ml olive oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Method

  • Wash and prepare the ingredients together, add to a blender and blitz until smooth with a few lumps.
  • If you don’t have a blender you can mash everything together in a pestle and mortar which is what I did.
  • Store in an air tight container for up to 3 day or in the freezer for 1 month.

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VEGAN Chocolate Cake 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some baking but here is the best vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tasted. At university we’ve been working on recipes suitable for different dietary groups so here goes… 

Makes 9

Dry Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

2 2/3 non dairy milk
2/3 cups oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°c and prepare mini cake loafs for baking.

2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Then whisk together the wet ingredients in a hug and slowly pour into the bowl whisking constantly.

4. Whisk until you get a smooth runny mixture, evenly pour into the mini loaf cases about 3/4 and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and fully cooked.

5. I like to use a cocktail stick to check if the cake is fully cooked right through. Leave to cool down completely and enjoy 😊😊