June 01, 2014

Pitas with Edamame Pesto, Feta & Chickpeas

Are you in need of a new lunch idea?  I really like this pita combination that was inspired from Love and Lemons' pita lunch ideas.  I combined edamame pesto with feta, red onion and chickpeas inside a toasted pita.

The edamame pesto recipe comes from the Food To Live By cookbook, which sat unopened on my bookshelf until today.  If you don't own the cookbook, you can find an online version of the original recipe via the Seattle Times.

My summer challenge is to try more recipes from my ever-growing cookbook collection.  My goal is to make at least one recipe each week from a different cookbook for the next 3 months for a total of 14 cookbooks.

This is a versatile pesto that can be added to pitas as well as pizza or pasta.  I love traditional basil pesto but this is a really nice, higher protein alternative and I will definitely make it again.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (makes about 3/4 cup)

  • 3/4 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup (packed) flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add edamame and cook for 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside to cool.
  • When the edamame has cooled, add it to a food processor bowl along with the parsley, walnuts and garlic. Process until coarsely pureed, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Process to combine, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Source: Food To Live By
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  1. This looks soooo yummy Karis! I love the edamame pesto idea, and it all looks so yummy together. Also, that's such a great goal to make a recipe out of your cookbooks...I need to do something like that too...my little book shelves are bursting with cookbooks, but some I've never even made one recipe out of! Can't wait to see what you all come up with.

  2. This looks great. I'll have to suggest it to my oldest who is packing internship lunches this summer. PB&J could probably stand a break ;-)