Friday, August 1, 2014

Toddler Meal -- Cashew Pesto Pasta

A become thinner by the day ever since he started walking, it gets worse in the summer as we spent so much time out door doing physical activities. He just burnt more energy than he consumed!

I had hard time getting him eat more, so the next best thing is to give him high calorie foods so that whatever he manage to eat will give him more energy and nutrients.

The other day when I was going through my pantry I saw this packet of cashew nuts that I keep basically for Indian sweets and cooking. Since I had some Fussili boiling on stove, I went out to my neighbor's backyard and harvest a bunch of sweet basil that he told me to feel free to use and made this cashew pesto Pasta, A had almost a full plate, which is a good sign.

2 cups Sweet Basil Leaves
2/3 cup raw cashew nuts
2 cloves garlic
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup grated mixed cheese (I used Sargento 4 cheese mixed)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan
1 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup of boiled pasta

1. Place basil leaves, cashew nuts, cheeses, garlic and lime juice in a food processor. 

2. Pulse until coarsely chopped. keep pulsing while gradually add the olive oil in. Work your way till a smooth paste form.

3. Boil some pasta to al dente or a little softer for the kid, mix 1-2 tbsp of pesto sauce with pasta, and serve with some salad.

I also made some spaghetti for N to try, he likes it too.

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