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Just Another Meatless Monday #18

Hey What's For Dinner

One more day to enter my Le Creuset Giveaway and you can earn an extra entry today by linking in you favorite meatless meal new or repeat! I love Le Creuset and I love to give it away so won't you join in and link up? I hope you do.

I have some really exciting cool news that I can't share just yet. But let me assure you it is making me weak in the knees to think about. Woo exciting!

During my crazy week we didn't eat a lot of meatless meals but with our basil plants in high production pesto pasta has been a quick and easy staple. I feel like pasta with just pesto is a little naked and my kids look at it like "that's it?". Apparently they did not fall far from this tree.

Pesto Pasta Plus
1/2 recipe for pesto-I make pesto without cheese, recipe follows
16 ounce box of organic rigatoni
1/4 cup walnuts
2 ripe organic tomatoes
fresh ground pepper

cook pasta according to package directions
while it's cooking toast the walnut in a small skillet over medium high heat until deeply browned
then chop the tomatoes coarsely
when the pasta is cooked al dente drain it and then return it to the pot
place the pan on the warm burner and add the pesto, the warmth from the burner will help the pesto meld with the pasta
serve big bowls of pasta
top each bowl with a sprinkle of toasted walnuts and a spoon full of chopped tomatoes

Vegan Pesto
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1 cup basil leaves
up to a 1/4 cup of good olive oil

whirl garlic, salt and walnuts in a food processor
add basil, whirl again
with the processor running slowly drizzle in olive oil until it is to the consistency you want

My kids eyed this warily but the additions really spruced it up and they ate it happily. I love it, the husband who likes tomatoes didn't care for the cold tomatoes over hot pasta. And I know this about him but I keep thinking I'll get him to like cold tomatoes on hot food as much as I do. No such luck but I will continue this experiment until he gives in.

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And remember anyone linking in to this Just Another Meatless Monday needs to leave a comment on the Le Creuset giveaway!



  1. This would be perfect chilled on a hot day. It looks really good.

  2. Both your pestos sound lovely - walnuts are wonderful with pasta! Thanks for hosting Meatless Monday :)

  3. Looks good Laura... I'll try to find a good meatless monday staple for your blog.... Love playing along.

  4. I'm sharing Aloo Paratha - a potato and pea stuffed flat bread! This is the first time I made it and Johnny and I loved it!

  5. Hi Laura-

    Joey here- from Meatless Monday. I just wanted to thank you for all your terrific Meatless Monday posts. Your enthusiasm and support of the campaign really helps to spread the word.

    To show our support of your effort we've added Hey What's for Dinner Mom? to our Bloggers on Board Page. Check it out:


    I'd love to be in better touch with you so we can better coordinate outreach efforts. We also just started a Kids Cooking initiative I'd love to discuss with you. Please write me back at jlee@mondaycampaigns.org.

    Keep up the great posts!

    -Joey Lee
    Project Associate
    Meatless Monday


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