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, soy free, egg free, gluten and wheat 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.