So I don't know about you, but a lot of my life is spent scrolling through Instagram drooling over food pictures. So when a cool account messages you because they like your photos... it's a pretty huge compliment.
Mob Kitchen are cool dudes. God I sound like my Mum there... But hey, they are. The music is always on point, the food is delicious and accessible, and it's always under a tenner. Sold.
My first thoughts when I got a message from my fellow foodie asking to remake one of his fab dishes was... "JESUS! HOW DO I PICK? THEY ARE ALL SO LUSH!". Secondly... "Damn, I can't eat some of these because of the ingredients". Combine these two things, and you get a C+C remake of a great Mob Kitchen recipe. Still under a tenner, still just as scrumptious... but sans the gluten, dairy... (and the music. Sorry. I am just not as cool).
When I saw the gorgeous sweet potato + pesto dish, I was sold. Pesto is an all time favourite for me. Tangy, smooth and vibrant- it perks up any dish with flavour and colour. Whilst MK go Classic Italian with sumptuous pine nuts and parmesan, I've got you dairy-free dreamers and plant-powered warriors with this whole-foods twist. Enjoy my lovelies...
(A key note is not to blitz the pesto. Now I'm all for a nutri-bullet, I blend just for the sake of blending. However, I go retro here with a pestle and mortar and some muscle power. As my sister says, vegan pesto can go a bit... "mushy", so we definitely want to avoid that...) Don't have ye olde P+M? No issue, you can blend very lightly (I mean 1 or two pulses max) or get all handy... Try the bottom of a wine bottle and a big bowl (just make sure it is closed. Winey-pesto isn't the best.)
1 bunch of basil (about 50g)
Bag of spinach (200g)
2 cloves of garlic (I used smoked for a twist, but normal is just fine)
5 tablespoons of olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
1 1/2 tablespoon of nutritional yeast (find this in most health food stores or Holland and Barrett)
1 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds (plus a few more to sprinkle)
1 1/2 tablespoon of ground flax seed
A squirt of lemon juice
Salt, Pepper + Optional chilli flakes
There you have it: pesto sweet potatoes with a nutritional kick. Lots of good fats, fibre and natural protein. Yes it feeds four, but do you really want to share?
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