Here is some vegan pesto – presto! For this recipe, I used nutritional yeast instead of the traditional parmesan to maintain the tangy flavor and for added B12. If you have never seen nutritional yeast, you can find it at whole foods, or any other health foods store. It is yellow in color and flaky, and has a distinctively tangy smell that replicates the essence of cheese. For vegans, it contains a necessary nutrient B12 which is one nutrient vegans often miss since it is not found in many plant based foods. B12 gives you energy, so having incorporating it into a sauce is great for vegans and omnivores alike. If you don’t have nutritional yeast on hand, just skip it and add a little extra salt.
I use this pesto on pasta mostly, but my boyfriend loves chicken pesto sandwiches. For an easy pasta, I cooked some brown rice spaghetti fried some cherry tomatoes in olive oil, then added in some pesto for an easy meal. Next time I will incorporate some fresh spinach or broccoli for some added nutrition.
For sandwiches, this pesto tastes really good with avocado and tomato . You could simply do avocado and tomato slices, but I usually mash the avocado a little into the tomato and mix in some lemon juice for a creamy effect. For my meat eating friends, I add some slice deli chicken onto that and you have a lovely fresh and flavorful sandwich.