I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for all the sweet comments on yesterday’s Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes…and IF you didn’t see them, go now…print them, Pin them, but most importantly, MAKE them! They are absolutely delicious and you will NOT be disappointed!
FYI, if you’re not too fond of mint, just leave it out!
I may or may not have forgotten to add on the first batch I made the other day…the most mint-less mint chocolate chip flavor I’ve ever tasted…but hey, it’s still chocolate!
And if that wasn’t enough green for you, I’ve got another lean, mean, and GREEN recipe for you today!
Raise your hand if you like pesto!
Ok, how about if we take that pesto, subtract some of the fact, add some fiber, and maybe a little protein?
It’s time for another Meatless Mondays from A- Z hosted by the lovely Heather at Better With Veggies and today I’m going to show you that pesto is DEFINITELY something that is better with veggies…and beans!
When I realized this week would feature edamame as the main ingredient in our weekly recipe roundup, the wheels IMMEDIATELY started turning…only not how you would think. Most people think of the soy bean as (protein-rich) vegetarian ingredient in Asian cuisine, but I thought, why not cross over that border, skip over a few seas and get cozy with our Italian friends?
Edamame Spinach Pesto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Ingredients (Makes 10 Tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup shelled edamame, thawed from frozen
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until creamy.
Not bad, right? I really wanted to keep the fat content down in this. I love pesto, but let’s be honest, I’m a VOLUME eater and all that fat from the oil, the nuts, AND the cheese just weighs me down. But now? Now I can have a little pasta with my bowl of pesto!
Imagine me waving my little basil leaves as a sign of victory!
Smear it across a toasty slice of bread, or go gluten-free and pair it with a nice warm bowl of spaghetti squash, or you could…
Slather some on top of a Vegan Mushroom Bean Burger!
But you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow for that one…
Have you ever tried edamame?
If you have, what is your favorite way to eat it?
Now head on over to Better with Veggies and get some ideas for your next meatless meal featuring EDAMAME!