Pesto: Getting Your Kids to Go Green
It’s campaign season and I’m backing the green party. I’ve been campaigning for green at restaurants, at friends’ houses, and even in my own kitchen. It has nothing to do with taxes… it’s mostly about healthcare.
Ok, it’s not exactly political either. It’s really just a campaign to get my kids to be pro-green. Meaning, instead of saying, “Eww, I don’t want to try that green stuff,” I want them to say, “Yummy!” because green stuff is good for them!
As I’ve mentioned in the past, my oldest is a big fan of kitchen appliances, especially the blender … it’s the heavy machinery of the kitchen! So when I said we’d be making homemade pesto, he was excited, regardless of the fact that the ingredients are primarily green. Both he and the little one had fun ripping the basil leaves from the stems and piling them up in a bowl. Then they stood on the stool together and took turns operating the blender.
When it was done I showed them recipes for lots of different kinds of pesto pasta like: Spaghetti with Pesto, Penne with Pesto & Veggies and Pesto, Beans & Pasta, in hopes that seeing pictures would make them excited about trying it. They opted for the “green spaghetti” and we had our inaugural family pesto eating experience. To my surprise (and delight) pesto did pretty well in this primary!
There are more than a few ways to go green. Try these pesto recipes!