Instead of basil I use spinach and substitute walnuts for pine nuts to make this pesto. I serve this dish often for my family because spinach and walnuts pack a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. I always have leftover pesto (after we serve it with pasta) and mixed with cream cheese it makes for a delicious morning breakfast treat.
**If you can have orange juice drink a glass with your pesto spread so it's easier for your body to absorb the iron from the spinach!
Step 1: Pulse in Food Processor
4 c. Fresh Spinach
1/2 c. Walnut halves or pieces
1 large garlic clove
1/2 c. Parmesan Cheese finely shredded
Olive Oil approximately 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
4 oz Cream Cheese
Bagel, toast, or bread
Roughly chop one garlic clove. I always give the garlic clove a rough chop before adding so someone doesn't get a large bite of raw garlic!
In a food processor add spinach, walnuts, garlic, and parmesan and pulse until walnuts are roughly chopped. I also like using a microplane for the parmesan cheese to get it really finely shredded but you can use a box grater too.
Step 2: Stream Olive Oil
Makes approximately one cup of pesto.
Step 3: Combine Ingredients
Spread pesto cream cheese on your favorite bagel, toast or bread. Eat and enjoy!