Last week I shared my most favourite treat yo’self recipe: Doughnut French Toast and whilst it is delicious I have decided to share a healthier option for this week’s food post to bring a little balance into our lives. It is once again from the Queen of all things nourishing-Deliciously Ella and is from her lastest book Every Day. I seriously have not been able to put this book down. So many of you loved her last recipe that I reviewed: Pasta Arrabbiata so I had to share another!
Let’s get to it. I chose this warm salad because it is perfect for Spring. All I want to do at the moment is eat lovely, colourful salads but it is still a little too cold out there to enjoy them properly. Warm salads are the perfect Spring solution! It is warming and every bite is packed full of different flavours. I ate this alone so I divided the quantities below in half! I can’t stress how quick and easy this is. A new firm favourite that I will be cooking again tonight!
To cook this for two, you will need:
For the pesto-
100g of pine nuts/50g fresh basil leaves/ 5 tablespoons of olive oil/2 cloves of garlic/1 lemon/ salt and pepper
For the warm salad-
a handful of pumpkin seeds/800g butter beans/200g spinach/ 60g pomegranate seeds/coconut oil/lemon
You need to make the pesto first. Please don’t use shop bought as many are not suitable for vegetarians and I much prefer to know exactly what has gone in it. It is also bloody tasty.
1. Peel your garlic and put all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Look at all the colour! So amazing. Leave this to one side for just a second.
I think Basil green may just be one of my favourite colours!
2. Drain and rinse your beans and sling them into a frying pan with a little coconut oil.
3. Add your spinach and pesto and fry until all is warm and lovely. This should only take a couple of minutes. Ella puts more lemon on the beans here but I find it too much with all the lemon in the pesto too. Add if you wish but I prefer not to.
4. Put into a bowl and sprinkle your pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seed on top!
There you have it, a delicious warming bowl of salad that is perfect for our sunny but still really cold days. It takes no more than 10 minutes to cook and is all ingredients I had in my cupboards and fridge.
Let me know if you give it a go, it really means a lot!