Quick & Healthy… Spook-Tacular Pumpkin Pesto!

Halloween night is the time for goblins and bats, 
Halloween spirits, ghosts and cats,
Weird-happenings and witches brew,
A yummy dish I wish to share with you…
Spook-Tacular Pumpkin Pesto!

While shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond I came across the cutest Halloween pasta ever and long behold when I checked the food label it was whole grain with 2 grams of fiber and 7 g protein.

Now all I needed was to find the perfect recipe to accompany this yummy and scary pasta! On the Whole Foods web page I came across their recipe for Pumpkin Seed Pesto.  A perfect seasonal and spooky dish to bring to my first Halloween Party in Salem Massachusetts the Halloween capitol of the world. This recipe is the prefect way to combine fall flavors and bring a healthy dish to a candy filled party. I made some minor adjustments to the original Whole Foods  recipe to make the pesto a little more “wet” so it could be spread over pasta.

Spook-Tacular Pumpkin Pesto

Ingredients: 2 cups pumpkin seeds (roasted & salted); 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil; 1/2 cup water; 5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice; 3 cloves of garlic; 2 cups roughly chopped fresh cilantro, 2 lbs of whole grain pasta.

Step 1: Combine pumpkin seeds, garlic, lemon juice, half of the olive oil and cilantro in a food processor. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste. Step 2: Add water and the rest of the olive oil to the coarse paste, while the food processor is on high. The paste should transform into a thick sauce. Step 3: Place pesto in bowl and chill until ready to use. 
Step 4: Prepare whole wheat pasta and strain. 

Step 5: Combine pesto with warm pasta. 

Step 6: Garnish and enjoy the Spook-Tacular Pumpkin Pesto! My Challenge for you this Halloween season is look beyond the candy and find other fun season foods to use to celebrate with your friends and family! Have a Spook-Tacular Halloween! 

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