When you think ‘pesto’, you probably think the basil variety, right? Well, ‘pesto’ is the Italian word for ‘paste’, and soft green herbs lend themselves well to pesto. Try making a nice cilantro pesto. There are several variations available on this particular pesto, but cilantro, salt and olive oil are a given. Almonds are a good complement to the delicate cilantro flavor. And to kick up that southwest flavor, add a little onion, or a chile, or a touch of lime. Then, use as is or as an add-in to cream cheese as a delicious alternative to traditional sandwich dressing.
For those who brown bag it, this is just one suggestion for making that lunch interesting, which then makes carrying lunch more of a choice than a decision of necessity.
Editor’s Note: Those reducing their meat and dairy intake might appreciate this list of ideas for vegan sandwiches.
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