Protein Packed Spinach & Red Rice Pesto-MainPhoto


Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid, which has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. It is also a great source of potassium! When buying asparagus, look for tightly closed tips; avoid woody looking stems, or wilted looking stalks. These spears are best cooked and eaten right away. This recipe’s diced orange bell pepper topping is not only pretty but a nutritional powerhouse too. They are very high in vitamin C, A, iron and dietary fiber. Fresh orange bell peppers also lend this pesto a spicy and herbaceous flavor, and a bit of crunch too! Garlic, in addition to being a natural antibacterial agent, makes this pesto a bit savory. 

Moms will love how this pesto packs a punch of protein by using toasted cashews. Greek yogurt offers a healthy dose of calcium and is easier on little tummies that are sensitive to full-fledged dairy products like milk or cream.