Easy Very Veggie Pesto Recipe

Do you sneak veggies into your kid’s food? I do. My favorite ninja mom veggie hack is this Very Veggie Pesto recipe. 

Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks
A very healthy option that your kids will love!

Let’s make easy very veggie pesto!

It’s a super easy way to sneak extra vitamins and nutrients onto your kid’s plate, especially if they are not a huge veggie fan! 

Very Veggie Pesto
It is our job as parents to make sure we give our children healthy options!

Not every child is going to like or even want to try vegetables, or other new foods. It’s okay to respect their preferences, especially as they grow older, but as parents, it’s our job to encourage them to give it a try, and offer them the healthiest options we are able to provide.

Every time we make Very Veggie Pesto, it turns out a little different depending on the produce of our garden area, and what veggies are in season at the Farmer’s market or grocery store. We have added collard greens to this in place of the basil, squeezed a lemon in for a touch of zest. Most of the time, we omit the pine nuts. The consistent “theme” is to add at least 4 cups of dark greens, for added nutrients!

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Very Veggie Pesto
Just look at that yummy pesto! It is so easy to make.

easy very veggie pesto ingredients

Here’s what we need to make Very Veggie Pesto Recipe

  • Four Cups of Spinach
  • Four Cups of Basil Leaves
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Pepper
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 a Red Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup of water

directions to make easy very veggie pesto recipe

Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks
Blend all the veggies until it is the consistency of applesauce.

Step 1

Blend all the veggies until it is the consistency of applesauce.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into cupcake liners.

Step 3

Freeze until solid and pop out the “pucks” from the cupcake molds, and store in a freezer safe bag.

How to serve easy very veggie pesto recipe

Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks
The pucks can be used to add to any sauce or recipe you want!
Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks
Look at that pesto sauce added to spaghetti pasta. So deliciously healthy!

You can drop a puck or two in spaghetti sauce, or add them to a cream sauce recipe or even to soups. We have even used them in brownie mix. Your kids won’t even know they are eating veggies!

My favorite meal to add this yummy pesto to is one-pot pasta. You can make add these to either a marinara or cream sauces. Depending on the ingredients, you can add them to salsa as well for a deeper flavor.

our experience with easy very veggie pesto recipe

Very Veggie Pesto
Veggies should always be a part of our meal plans! It is up to us to sneak them into our recipes.

When my daughter was a baby, she was very open to new foods–aside from peas. She flat-out hated them, and no matter what I tried, I usually wound up wearing them. One day I mixed them in with carrots… and voila! She was none the wiser, and it was my first ninja mom veggie hack.

Once she was a toddler, my go-to hack was smoothies. She loved watching me make them, and as she grew older, she also loved picking out the ingredients, making her own ninja veggie moves, and pushing the buttons on the blender (while being extremely supervised).

Kids cannot make every choice in their lives, and need a firm hand, but I have found that when I offer guided choices, when I can, it tends to work better for everyone. Plus, she grows confident in her own decision-making, likes, and dislikes.

One of the best things about kids is that they are naturally curious. I capitalized on this by reading books about farms and food, and coloring and doing art projects with her based on vegetables. We talked about why they are important and how they help her to grow healthy and strong. 

If you hate veggies, and rarely eat them, it might be harder to encourage your children to eat them. Mom and Dad’s plates are an object of curiosity and desire, even before babies can have solids, so mirror the eating habits you hope to see in your little ones. There are veggies I am not fond of, and I have shared that with my daughter, so we challenge each other to find new ways to approach our least favorite foods, and give it a really fair shot before throwing in the towel or camouflaging that food with a recipe like Very Veggie Pesto.

Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks
Food shopping for healthy ingredients can be fun!

From May through October, my daughter and I have a date every Saturday morning. We start at Starbucks, and then walk up to the Farmer’s Market. Cutting through the small park near our house, we stop to admire the mini waterfall, and discuss anything ranging from the grocery list and recipes we want to try for the week, to school, classes, her friends, and her art and music. It’s good for the soul to tap back into nature, check in on each other, and see how we made it through the week, while picking out the healthiest foods that we can afford.

Some of the farmers know us by name, and have watched my little one grow healthy and strong, thanks to the wholesome food they work so hard to produce. My daughter asks smart questions, and we both learn about how our food makes it to our table, as live music plays in the background. Hands down, it’s my favorite part of the week, and hopefully something we can still find time for as she grows older, and eventually share with her own family.

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Very Veggie Pesto Recipe

Very Veggie Pesto and Other Ninja Mom Veggie Hacks

This easy very veggie pesto recipe is the perfect way to sneak in veggies to your family meals. It is nutritious and the kids won't even notice they are eating a veggie sauce when you add this to pasta, sauces or soups.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Four Cups of Spinach
  • Four Cups of Basil Leaves
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Pepper
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 a Red Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Blend all the veggies until it is the consistency of applesauce.
  2. Pour the mixture into cupcake liners.
  3. Freeze until solid and pop out the “pucks” from the cupcake molds, and store in a freezer safe bag.

Notes

You can drop a puck or two in spaghetti sauce, or add them to a cream sauce recipe or even to soups. We have even used them in brownie mix. Your kids won’t even know they are eating veggies!

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