Dairy free pesto dip

In an ideal world I would make this with a mortar and pestle. I have done so before and the result is a slightly better tasting pesto, but time convenience wins out for me and I use the food processor!

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This is a dairy free recipe and I have used nutritional yeast to add a “cheese” like flavour. If you do not have dairy free dietary requirements then you could just add some of your favourite cheese.

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Dairy free pesto dip
Recipe type: Condiments
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. Add cashews and garlic to the food processor and blend for a minute or until like thick bread crumbs
  2. Then add the basil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt, blend until well combined.
  3. Remove from mixture the food processor and transfer to a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add the oil gradually mixing in with a fork until oil is blended with the mixture.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
This can last in the fridge for 2 - 3 days. If you still have some left after that point, you can freeze it in ice cube trays to save for another day.

Our family menu plan for the week


Week Commencing 20th July

MonSlow Cooker Roast LambSlow cooker roast lamb
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Wedslow cooker butter chicken

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Slow cooker butter chicken

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Sautéed baby spinach
ThuLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self ServeSouvlaki
FriPasta carbonara
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Slow cooker chicken noodle soup
Sat2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos with homemade seasoning
SunServing ManyChicken Wings, Baked Potatoes and Corn
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