WALNUT PESTO + BANZA
.For the month of May, Banza is hosting a month-long Instagram recipe contest, they will be posting only plant-based pasta recipes. They’re not a vegan company, but they want to show eating a healthy plant-based diet can be tasty. I was so stoked when my package came to make a plant-based dish and enter the contest. Making plant-based Banza dishes is something I already do all the time, but I’m stepping it up. During my internship, one of my roommates and I made a walnut pesto that was delicious. I love the use of walnuts in this way because it is a good source of Omega-3s and plant-based protein.
WHAT IS BANZA
Banza is a company that made pasta from chickpeas. Their pasta is nutrient dense and has 25g protein and 13g fiber per serving. WOWZA. The glycemic index for Banza is also fairly low in comparison to regular pasta. Banza comes in shapes that regular pasta comes in too. So it’s practically the same thing. The wheels are my favorite. Fun fact: I won’t eat ANY shell pasta, this isn’t a Banza thing, this is a Rhyan hates all shell pasta and always will thing. In case you were wondering Banza is a plant-based source of protein. (For me personally* I only need right around 55g protein daily) Most people way overestimate their protein needs and protein deficiencies in America are rare.
*everyone is different and needs are based individually. That is my need yours is likely different. Check out my nutrition consulting to determine your daily needs.
Before last year I thought pesto was weird. Actually, I didn’t even know what it was. I knew it went on pasta sometimes, but other than that I was clueless. I had no idea what was in it, or how to make it. One time I did see a jar in the refrigerated section, it had dairy so I never went back to that. My pesto game changed when I moved into a house for my internship. I learned that pesto uses fresh herbs and spices. It also has a nutty flavor from the use of nuts. Pesto is quite delicious! If you are afraid of pesto or making it like I was, try the recipe below. I’m sure you’ll love it, and if you do make sure to leave a comment below.
Poor Man's Guide to Easy Walnut Pesto
- 1 box Banza pasta
- 1/2 jar tomato pasta sauce
- 3/4 cup walnut halves
- 3/4 cup packed fresh parsley
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tbsp almond milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Pinch of salt
Cook Banza according to package directions.
For pesto, put all ingredients into food processor. I used a Vitamix with tamper and blended for 10-second increments, scraped the sides and repeated for 45 seconds. The texture shouldn't be completely smooth.