Cooking the Book: Weelicious (Broccoli Pesto)

Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord | Broccoli Pesto recipe tested by @SheilaRCraigCatherine McCord’s Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy RecipesWeelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord | Broccoli Pesto recipe tested by @SheilaRCraig is wonderful if you like to read cookbooks – the beginning is all about cooking for your family, both from a theoretical standpoint (she does not advocate sneaking healthy food, but letting kids know what they’re eating), and with practical tips to accomplish that goal.

There are lots of beautiful photographs throughout the book, and the variety of recipes is nice. I’ve tried three of them, and there are lots of others that are tempting!

My children are, much to my regret, picky eaters. They love dairy. They love carbs. They do not love vegetables. My daughter doesn’t even like fruit. Of course the recipes I want to try from Weelicious are ones that might help my kids to realize that green foods can be delicious. Bring on the Broccoli Pesto.

How to Make Broccoli Pesto:

1 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup toasted almond slices
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 small garlic clove
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

I microwaved some frozen broccoli florets, because I had no fresh ones.

Added all the ingredients into the food processor & pureed them until smooth.

To serve, I stirred it into some pasta. My kiddos love pasta, and I hoped that a familiar element might help them accept the unfamiliar topping.

My verdict:

It doesn’t get much easier to prepare than this. And while the recipe called for fresh broccoli, I don’t think it was a huge problem taste-wise that I used frozen, and that made it a lot easier for me.

I tried a bit on a cracker to see how I liked it in that form, as well as the pasta dish I served to the family.

I wanted to love it. And I don’t. It’s fine. I’d just as soon eat broccoli without bothering to whir it up in the processor.

The kids’ verdict:

Dislike. Why are you messing with our pasta by putting this green stuff on it?

Sigh. Maybe you’ll have better luck with your kids than I did with mine? Mine are also apparently the only children out there who don’t like smoothies, as I discovered when I tried the Weelicious smoothie recipe with them.

We did all like the Orange Chicken quite a bit. If I make it again, I’d probably make a few adjustments to the technique, but the flavor was delicious. My kids even ate the chicken, although the snow peas were not their favorite.

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  1. I loved and happily ate most vegetables through most of my childhood, but I still think pesto is NASTY. “Green Spaghetti” was pretty much the Worst Meal Ever every single time my mom made it. Ick. Gross gross gross. Though broccoli would taste completely different than basil, so maybe I would like that? But I’m kind of with your kids re: green spaghetti. 😉

    • I actually don’t like regular pesto all that much either, even though I love basil. Weird, I know. I just hoped that my kids love for pasta would triumph over their suspicion of green stuff.

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