Easy Low Fat Spinach Pesto

11 09 2012

I am a lazy vegan on a budget, and between my two jobs I just don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking. Although I grow my own basil and love fresh pesto, I also do not have the money to spend on high quality olive oil (and I make pesto a lot, having a lower fat/oil version is also plus).

To get to the point, I have tested and manipulated several non-oil  recipes for  pesto, here is one of the better resulting sauces.

Low Fat Spinach Pesto

  • 6 oz Firm Silken Tofu (half of a soft pack box)
  • 3/4 C Frozen Spinach ( I like to ‘hide’ spinach in everything)
  • 3/4 C fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 1/3- C Vegetable Broth (use 1/2 cup tor a thinner sauce)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 T Oil
  • 2 T Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 T Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional items to add after processing:

  • Imitation Bacon bits
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Hot Pepper Flakes

Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Heat on stove and serve over your favorite pasta.


Get Your Family to Eat More Vegetables!

21 05 2012

Yes, it is true. There are vegans who just don’t like vegetables.
In my household two of us have a second job, so we simply don’t have the time to prepare sides with our meals.  We also do not agree on what veggies that we like!
Everyone agreed that we needed to eat more vegetables. I came up with an easy low-cost way to add veggies to a meal, without adding to our prep-time.  At first my husband didn’t even notice that he was eating spinach with almost every dinner!

Here is what we do, once a week I prepare a selection of veggies to ‘hide’ in food.


Combine in a large food processor:
3/4 bag frozen spinach
1/4 bag frozen broccoli
1/2 bag baby carrots
1 clove garlic

Freeze the mixture in a container or freezer bag.
If you have a smaller food processor, complete it in two smaller batches.
The small size helps the food defrost quickly!
You can add the extra veggies to many meals:
Add to pasta sauce- serve over pasta with beans
Cook with Olive Oil as a Pesto over pasta, pierogies, or gnocchi
Mix it in to mashed potatoes
Add it to rice
Add it to pizza