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Spring is upon us, and nothing says April like arugula! Emma’s broccoli and arugula pesto is a tasty, healthy and gluten-free condiment to use all week, as a dip for veggies in the kid’s lunches or tossed with pasta for an easy mid-week dinner. Brooke, Recipe Hunter

Brooke Jackson-Glidden, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Broccoli and Arugula Pesto

A springtime dip not to be missed

Emma’s broccoli and arugula pesto plays off of traditional basil pesto (made with garlic, olive oil, parmesan and pine nuts) with a vegan, gluten-free and Eastern-inspired sauce, dip or spread. She keeps the garlic, olive oil and pine nuts but instead of basil, she adds mint leaves, arugula, broccoli and – get this – miso paste. To keep her recipe vegan, she uses the natural saltiness of miso paste to mimic the nutty, savory component of the parmesan. As a result, her pesto is sweeter, a bit more complex, and utilizes three green ingredients: broccoli, arugula and mint. Each of these components hold very specific roles in the dish: the arugula adds spiciness, the broccoli adds texture and brightness, and the mint adds sweetness and complexity. The result is a healthy dip for veggies, a spread for the perfect turkey sandwich, and an easy sauce for pasta. Eating gluten free and vegan has never been this easy and tasted so good.

THE CHEF

Emma Galloway

Former Chef, Author, and Real Food Lover

Emma Galloway from My Darling Lemon Thyme

Although my food is vegetarian and gluten free out of necessity, first and foremost it is just real food. I'm all about using local seasonal produce to make gorgeous food, minus the junk.

Emma, the former chef and current Australian mother, has adjusted to her newfound dairy-and-gluten-free diet the way any food-lover would: with creativity and respect for the ingredients. Don’t look for tofurkey here – My Darling Lemon Thyme goes vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free without any gimmicks but with many ingenious manipulations of limited ingredients. Her food is healthy, tasty and innovative, and even inviting to the pickiest of eaters. Forget dietary “restrictions” – Emma’s food is liberating.

Head over to My Darling Lemon Thyme and say hello to Emma on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

THE TIP

5 Creative Ways to Use Pesto Beyond Pasta

Most people think of using pesto as just a sauce for pasta. Since its such a versatile sauce, here are 5 of our favorite ways to use pesto beyond pasta.

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