The essential vegan pesto- plus recipe ideas and Tesco’s new vegan range

Looking back at 2017, I’d say my vegan transition journey has been fairly smooth sailing as I never really felt like I was “missing out” and genuinely do enjoy following a predominantly plant-based diet, but I did find that when I stopped buying products containing cheese I realised how much I missed pesto as I used to eat it all the time at uni, so I was on a hunt for the best vegan pesto alternative…

I came across Sacla vegan pesto in the Free From aisle in Tesco and thought I’d give it a try.

I used it as a sauce in pasta for my dinner that day and I honestly had to double check that I bought the vegan one because it tasted so similar to the one I was used to!

Sacla use quite unique ingredients in their pesto including tofu and cashew nuts which could explain how they’ve managed to still keep the classic creamy texture.

I think this is the best vegan pesto as it tastes so close to the real deal so if you’re vegan or taking part in Veganuary you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out with this alternative!

It’s also gluten free if you are gluten intolerant/coaliac.

Here’s the pasta where I used the vegan pesto, I also added some chopped tomatoes and sauteed spinach, courgette and mushrooms. I then sprinkled some nutritional yeast over the top which added a cheesy/nutty flavour:

 

Meal ideas with the best vegan pesto:

I only used to use it pasta too, but I’ve now discovered so many different meals that it goes well in:

– Stirred through couscous (I know it sounds odd, but don’t judge ’til you try it!) and serve with some roasted veg and falafels

– Topped on some portabello mushrooms before grilling

– In houmous (this is such a game changer and my easy recipe for it will be up soon!)

– As a spread on one side of a sandwich- I spread caramelised onion on the other side and usually add grated carrot, crushed chickpeas, spinach and sundried tomatoes as fillings

Sacla Basil Pesto Gluten Free 190G
Image from Tesco

I’ve included the link to the Sacla vegan pesto here¬†and it’s currently on offer in Tesco!

And speaking of Tesco, to tie in with the rise of Veganism they’ve also just brought out an ENTIRELY VEGAN¬†range of ready meals, sandwiches and salads called Wicked Kitchen– including Buddha bowls (how amazing??). I cannot wait to try one of these so let me know if you want me to review it!
You can find out more information about the Wicked Kitchen range here

Image from Tesco

 

 

Feel free to comment below if you’ve tried Sacla’s vegan pesto/Wicked Kitchen and any other tasty vegan alternatives you’ve discovered recently!

Do you think this brand is does the best vegan pesto? Share your opinions below!

 

Andri x

 

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