Don’t panic, I have not stopped being vegan (and I’m happy to report that my brain appears to be working well enough despite eating vegan for 6 years now 😉 ) but I realise that this meal looks cunningly similar to a ubiquitous omni formula that most people from Western countries have grown up on – meat and two veg. And I would not be myself if I hadn’t sneaked another veg in. I cannot help it, I am one of these annoying people that loves all veg and I have my health conscious mum to thank for that. Thanks mum ❤️.
So this meal has been inspired by my omni past and even though I stopped eating in this formulaic fashion as soon as I moved to London in my early twenties and discovered the joy of multi-culturalism, I did have a fair share of meals like this one during my childhood and teenage years and on some basic, nostalgic level, I miss them occasionally.
This simple meal is an example of what you can fairly quickly put together if have a jar of pesto and some leftover potatoes in your fridge. What sparked this idea was a large quantity of leftover baby potatoes and some vegan pesto I had in my freezer. I tend to make pesto once every few weeks, freeze it in a dedicated ice cube tray and defrost one or two cubes as needed. Not only does it minimise waste but it also provides a much needed injection of flavour to an impromptu meal with limited fresh ingredients. It enlivens a bowl of pasta, boiled or pan-fried potatoes and it also makes a great salad dressing, a soup , or a sandwich topper.
Making a double batch of pesto is a habit that has served me well for a while as, like everybody, despite what you may expect, I also sometimes get stuck and totally uninspired when it comes to cooking. You know those days when everything feels like too much effort and I am bored of everything that my brain is frantically trying to concoct to help me out? This is where a cube or two of thawed pesto is a real life saver so I thought I would pass it on, in case you are looking for waste conscious solutions that will aid you in creating something delicious with minimal effort. Enjoy!
PS: If you make my basil tofu steak dinner, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
**Or use a mixture of salt, pepper, coriander, garlic power, oregano, chilli and smoked paprika.