Incredible Hulk Green Sauce

If you want your kids to eat their greens this is a good way to up their quota. So much is hidden in here its genius. This highly nutrient dense sauce (which is like a pesto) has kale, basil and broccoli all blitzed up so your little ones have no idea! Enjoy this sauce with gluten free pasta, I like rice and quinoa pasta or for a grain free option zucchini noodles.

Plus if you or your kids are dairy free this is a wonderful recipe that will up their calcium, thanks to the dark leafy greens and anchovies (if you decide to use). Both pack high amounts of calcium in a very easily absorbable way and without any objection from the kids. Both my boys who are 18 months and 4 years love this with a side of fish, sausage or chicken. It’s an easy recipe you can then divide into small portions in the fridge or freezer to have for those emergency dinners when you have nothing to eat.

Don’t underestimate the power of herbs. Culinary herbs like basil have been shown to be concentrated sources of antioxidants. To briefly explain antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. (Get it? ‘Anti’ oxidants). Plus they have antibacterial effects. Eaten regularly, herbs can work synergistically with other foods to boost health in numerous ways, such as improving digestive health and detoxification.

The anchovies are purely optional but I add them in to create that natural salty taste without the fishy flavour. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids and iron and they are great for strong bones thanks to their magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Its just another easy addition to whack up the nutrient content of this sauce.

Allergy and recipe information:

  • Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free. Can be nut free.
  • To make this nut free replace the pine nuts and macademia nuts with sunflower seeds.
  • The nutritional yeast (which has a distinct parmesan taste) and anchovies are purely optional and can certainly be made without them.





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Incredible Hulk Green Sauce

Incredible Hulk Green Sauce

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

Servings

1 cup

Ingredients

  • 50 g/1 large handful of kale leaves
  • 50 g/1 large handful of basil leaves
  • 60 g of broccoli florets
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 20 g pine nuts
  • 20 g macadamia nuts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 125 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon anchovies optional
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast optional

Instructions

  1. Pop all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz to the desired consistency. As I make this for my boys I blitz to quite a smooth paste.
  2. For a more creamy texture I sometimes add some avocado mixed in just before serving. More healthy fats...perfect!
  3. To store cover the top of the sauce/pesto with a thin layer of olive oil (this stops it going brown) and will last a few days in an airtight container. Freeze in ice cube trays and transfer in an airtight bag or container for up to three months.

Recipe Notes

Allergy and recipe information:

  • Dairy free, soy free, egg free, gluten and wheat free. Contains nuts.
  • To make this nut free replace the pine nuts and macademia nuts with sunflower seeds.
  • The nutritional yeast (which has a distinct parmesan taste) and anchovies are purely optional and can certainly be made without them.

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