Its day 5 of the Plastic Free July, and I think I’m doing quite well. My boyfriend decided to really test me today (unintentionally) when he went to buy choc milk and we walked down the chip aisle. Oh Pringles! How do I miss thee? Let me count the ways… Im quite fond of chips (especially pringles…) but I guess its better for me not to have a serving of msg. So anyway, I did promise a recipe and a photo, so here it is.
Red Capsicum Pesto
- 2 Red Caps
- Handful of cashews (Can also use toasted pine nuts or, you can skip the nuts)
- One to two garlic cloves (depending on how many people you want to stay away from you)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- Splash of olive oil
- Salt & pepper (for your own individual seasoning)
Cut up the red caps into quarters, removing the stalks and seeds. Place on a baking tray, along with the garlic cloves, and drizzle some olive oil over them. Heat in oven (220C) for 20 minutes or until they are black and blistered, and lookin’ yummy! (jokes)
Take out and let cool so you can easily handle them without being burnt (please dont burn yourself, I do care!). Once cool, peel off the skins and pop the garlic out of its skin and put the garlic and capsicum flesh in a food processor (or you can put into a bowl and use an electric stick mixer)
Add everything else and blend! Take care not to over blend. This is so you can still get reasonable pieces of the cashew. If its too solid-like add some more olive oil, but you want to get it to a thick paste like consistency. And remember this recipe can be changed completely to suit your tastes. I normally just alter it according to how many capsicums I have (more/less cheese etc) After each mix have a taste and adjust accordingly. Have fun!
Here it is making an appearance in a completely plastic free sourced dinner!
Dinner is; Cous cous (bulk from Kakulas), Avocado (grocers), Feta (Kakulas, put into my own container instead of one of theirs), and pesto! Yeah!
You can also use the pesto for pasta sauces, and sandwich fillings…
Whilst I have my lovely sammich photo up, I need to put out a HUGE thank you to Onya bags, as they gave my friend a lovely gift when she had said to them about doing the Plastic Free Challenge. They kindly sent out three Onya lunch wrap/bags. Here’s the little guy in action!
Thank you so much Onya! (And a special thank you to me loving friend who gave it to me in the first place!) This little guy has been so handy and has nicely protected my food. I was really surprised by how it keeps the food nice as well, as when I went to open my bag for lunch I thought Oh no my sandwich will be squashed and going everywhere, but to my disbelief it was still its perfect little sandwich self. No squashed middle bits. Guess glad wrap isn’t going to win the war over sandwich wrapping!