Beautiful Mediterranean greens and lemon inspired lunch.
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)
||Lemon Green Tea Teabags
||Mixed Almonds and Cashews
||Handful of Baby Spinach Leaves
||Clove of Garlic
||A Handful of Cherry Tomatoes
||Salt and Pepper
- Start by steeping the two teabags in 110ml of boiling water for 2 minutes.
- Remove and discard the teabags and let the water cool.
- Blitz the nuts in a food processor for about 20 seconds, until they resemble breadcrumbs and set aside for later. *The bigger the ground nuts, the nuttier the pesto*.
- Grate the Parmesan cheese.
- There are a number of ways to prepare the courgettes, or if you’re feeling lazy, you can even buy them ready made from the supermarket.
- If you have a spiralizer, you will know exactly what to do, or another option is to use a julienne peeler.
- A back up technique is to peel the courgette thinly and slice them into strips using a knife, or use a grater.
- In a food processor, or using a hand blender, mix the basil, spinach, oil, Parmesan and 40ml of the tea water for a minute. *Pesto is usually made with quite a lot of oil, but the liquid of the tea allows you to add much less – making it healthier!*.
- Scrape down the sides and add the ground nuts.
- Blitz again to your desired consistency and season with salt and pepper.
- Chop the sundried tomatoes and place them on some kitchen roll to drain away the oil.
- Cut the tomatoes in half, and roughly chop a few extra nuts to garnish the dish.
- Heat up a wok or frying pan and add the rest of the tea water.
- Place the courgetti into the pan, and the tea will help steam it a little.
- Cook for a minute and then add the pesto to the pan.
- Cook for a further minute and serve immediately with the tomatoes and chopped nuts on top.
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