Are you ready for my Pesto Princess review and three easy dinner ideas?
You should try one of these recipes today in this gloomy weather
I am not fond of using packaged and processed foods however I was really impressed with these sauces and I will only ever give my honest opinion about products I have tested especially ready-prepared foods.
As my children get older life is getting even more hectic, but I am still committed to feeding my family healthy meals. But I am getting faster, taking more shortcuts, and relying heavily on my Instant Pot to speed things up and help me multi-task.
Who and what is Pesto Princess?
I have followed Pesto Princess on social media for a few years but their products only became available in the last few years countrywide. Kathleen started Pesto Princess 16 years ago and they employ 40 people. They manufacture delicious pesto, hummus, tzatziki, and other sauces and expanded their range to include soups and now also cooking sauces. Their products contain no preservatives and additives.
Who does not love testing out ingredients and recipes? So I was more than happy to give these sauces a go. I also have to admit that I have already bought them a few times now for last-minute dinners.
Pesto Princess award-winning sauces are versatile, they only use good quality ingredients, and they taste delicious. I came up with three easy recipes, the reels are on my Instagram account if you want to have a look. I used the tubs for easy measurements, with even less washing up to do. There is also no need to add any extra spices or seasoning.
In conclusion, my honest opinion is that these sauces are loaded with flavor, taste delicious, are healthy, and will be a lifesaver on busy days especially during the winter season when we all crave comfort and warmth.
Here is a full list of Pesto Princess stockists countrywide, my local organic shop Farm Table stocks them, so that is where I buy mine from.
Three easy dinner ideas using Pesto Princess sauces
1/2 cup Basmati rice
1 tub Pesto Princess Butter Chicken
1/2 tub coconut milk
1/2 tub of water
150g chopped chicken breasts and/or 150g chickpeas
Head of cauliflower chopped into smaller pieces
Flaked almonds and coriander
Preheat oven to 180’C
Add rice to a baking dish, then add the Butter Chicken Sauce, coconut milk, water, chicken/chickpeas, and cauliflower pieces.
Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, stir every 10 minutes. Cook until rice is soft, add a little more liquid if rice is not softening.
Serve with toasted flaked almonds and fresh coriander.
You can also try this similar recipe from the blog
Easy peasy pasta
1 tub Pesto Princess Fresh Tomato Sauce
1 tub of water
1 tin of lentils or 500g minced beef
Fresh basil (optional)
Add the Fresh Tomato Sauce to the Instant pot, add spaghetti, and 1 tub of water. Set on high pressure for 5 minutes.
Stir and add 1 tin of lentils. Serve with fresh basil and parmesan.
- This recipe could easily be made in a saucepan it will just take a little longer and will need some stirring.
- Mince could also be added, just fry it gently before adding the tomato sauce. The lentils could be replaced or used with the mince.
Most delicious vegetable curry
1 red onion(optional)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tub Cape Malay Curry sauce
2 red peppers
2 large sweet potatoes or butternut squash chopped
1/2 tub yellow lentils
1/2 tub water
1/2 tub coconut milk
A few handfuls of fresh spinach
A squeeze of lemon juice
Serve with rice, fresh coriander and toasted flaked almonds
Heat oil in frying pan, add onions and fry until soft (The Cape Malay Curry sauce already has onions in, so it is not really necessary to add onions)
Add sweet potatoes and peppers
Add a tub of Pesto Princess Cape Malay Curry, add 1/2 tub of yellow lentils, 1/2 tub of water, and 1/2 tub of coconut milk.
Simmer for about 20-30 minutes until vegetables and lentils are cooked, stir every few minutes
Add a few handfuls of spinach and stir until wilted
Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with rice, fresh coriander, and toasted flaked almonds