Going green for St Patricks Day … Lamb cutlets with a choice of 5 pestos to make it a little bit fancy!



We are having “meat on a stick” tonight which is Miss 6 speak for lamb cutlets, a favourite of hers.  Having it with a pesto is an easy way to tart up a standard mid week meal without having to go to too much effort.

I just whack my lamb cutlets under the grill – I like them extra crunchy but they are also good on the barbie, because of the pesto no need to do anything else to them.  They are also great in lunch boxes the next day if you have little carnivores like I do (well one anyway).  A salad and some home made potato (& sweet potato) chips which I slice up, drizzle in olive oil and bake in the oven at 190 C for 25 minutes makes it a quick and easy meal.

I didn’t realise that I had so many different pesto recipes on BE&S already, 5 in fact, perhaps an obsession I didn’t know about but actually it’s a great way of slipping in some extra veggies without the kids noticing (well apart from the green smear (don’t really like that word, it’s up there with “moist” on the yuck word list, moving on) on the plate, they will notice that but not what’s in it).   Anyway, here, take your pick…

Maybe avocado pesto like this one (I use this a lot with chicken pasta as fussy Miss 6 doesn’t like avocado but has no idea it’s in this. Veggie smuggling 1: kid 0).


or a minty pea pesto like this one, goes beautifully with lamb or as a dip on its own…


or a kale & walnut one like this one (I make this to go with kale & walnut tortellini)


then there’s your garden variety basil pesto


or my current favourite pink pesto – a beetroot one (not really green for Paddy’s day but really yummy!)


When you are done with dinner pesto is also great as a sandwich, wrap, pitta pocket filler too!

 Are you a pesto fan? Do you have a “yuck word list”?


6 comments on “Going green for St Patricks Day … Lamb cutlets with a choice of 5 pestos to make it a little bit fancy!

  1. Kat - The Organised Housewife
    March 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I just love pesto!!! and love what you have done in this post. So much greenery, looks great.:)

    • Vicki
      March 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Kat, that means a lot coming from you!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 16, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    What a cracker of a post. These pestos (is that even a word?!) are a great way to smuggle veggies past the fussy husband – I think I’ll start gently with the avo one first. Looks totes delish!

    • Vicki
      March 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much, yes the pink one is something to build up too, no hiding what’s in that! x

  3. Jen
    March 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    We love pesto! One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans does a shrimp dish that combines pesto and spicy alfredo. Yum! We never think to make pesto at home, though. I think we need to change that 😉

    • Vicki
      March 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Oh that dish sounds lovely! Pesto is so easy to make once you start you will wonder why you haven’t before! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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