Yo dawg, I heard you like green things. So I put some green things in your green things:
By which I mean that I made avocado pesto dip.
I've had the idea of making a pesto with avocado rather than oil for some time, because I'm kind of crazy about pesto and also kind of crazy about avocado. MoFo finally got me to do it! I googled around and noticed that most recipes call for using an avocado to replace both the nuts and the oil, and I decided to start that way and then added the nuts if it seemed like it needed it. It didn't-- the texture was perfectly creamy and rich without being overboard with just one avocado.
I started with this recipe for avocado pesto by Chef Chloe and tweaked a little to my liking. Ton of basil-- about 3c loosely packed (enough to fill my dinky ol' food processor). One avocado. No pine nuts. (There are just a few on top as garnish.) 3 cloves garlic, 1 lemon worth of juice, 1/4 tsp salt. Puree. Eat!
Initially I put this out as a snack for the Emperor with just some whole wheat crackers. He ate a cracker or two and then looked up at me and said, "Um, mom? Can you put some vegetables out too please?"
Seriously. I almost died. Then I put out some carrots and some broccoli and we ate a ton of dip together. This was sooooo good. I want to eat it again tomorrow.
Well, I was in a hell of a rush this morning-- trying to have some fun with the kids, get a couple things done around the house AND simultaneously study for the two midterms I had today. (Both of which were fine. Not great, but fine.) So I didn't get a picture of the Emperor. But here's the Magician attempting to use his apple slice on his tiny pumpkin: