Sometimes a Saturday morning trip to the Fulton Street Farmers Market results in more than just a fun and relaxing date with my mini man. Oh sure we weave our way slowly through the crowds admiring the fresh offerings as well as people watching. We spot kids running around or snacking, babies sleeping, people chatting, moms debating, dads parading kids on shoulders while couples, friends, and individuals pick and choose their food and exchange their tokens or money for a chance at something delicious.
We stop along the way and choose a few ingredients then decide to split a fresh raspberry scone from GR Bagel. It’s worth every penny, Henry offers a shy smile as he continues to devour our tasty treat. I discover a rare find for myself as well, red currants. Something I grew up picking right off of the overgrown bushes at my parents house, the shrubs and house no longer in our lives, but the memory lives on.
Today I was looking for a few key ingredients to make a new super food recipe I found through Red Tricycle. The recipe is simply called Spinach Avocado Pesto Linguine. Friends, this is a magical dish I tried for the first time today. It fulfilled all of my recipe hopes and dreams: it called for 3 cups of tightly packed spinach leaves (we just bought a gigantic bag that we now need to consume rather quickly), it needs fresh garlic (Babcia Adela always encouraged our family to eat lots of fresh garlic to fight against colds.), avocado (one of the foods Henry is actually willing to eat) and basil, which I can never use quickly enough in our garden and then it results in a woody stem and wilted leaves.
The zing of the lemon and lime really wakes up the flavors of this creamy dish. You can opt to not add the parmesan or pine nuts, but let’s face it, pesto isn’t quite pesto without these. But it’s better than traditional pesto, because it calls for no oil. All the creaminess comes from the avocado. I love the duality of this dish. I made more than enough of the sauce and know that we can enjoy the linguine again, but we can also repurpose this tasty sauce as a topping for burgers, as an alternative guacamole or even as a base sauce for a pizza or wraps.
I encourage you to try the recipe and let me know if you love it too.