• 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of chilli rapeseed oil (we used Mr Hugh’s)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves (we used African Blue basil from our own garden, smells amazing!)
  • Pink salt, Ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 bag of orzo pasta
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 4 rashers of vegan bacon (we worship Sgaia)

Simple Steps

  1. Prepare the broccoli by peeling leaves off and cutting into small florets. Also prepare the garlic by removing the skins but leave bulbs whole
  2. Steam the broccoli and garlic for 10-15 minutes until medium-soft
  3. Remove from stove and leave to cool for 5 minutes (these little guys work wonders when you’re in a small kitchen)
  4. Pour the chilli oil into a blender, then add the broccoli, garlic, basil leaves and half of the lemon (squeezed, no pips!)
  5. Blend on high for 2 minutes.  Stop.  Scrape down the sides and add salt & pepper.  Blend again on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Boil a big pot of water and cook the orzo per the packet’s instructions (5-7 mins), cook the peas at the same time in the water with the orzo
  7. Grill 4 rashers of vegan bacon (we used Sgaia bacon which I’m in LOVE with), remove and cool for a few mins before cutting into chunks
  8. Drain orzo/peas, rinse under cold water and put back into the same pot
  9. Mix in the vegan broccoli pesto and heat over a medium heat, stirring all the time. Squeeze in the remaining half a lemon and season further with salt and pepper (only if it needs it, easy on the salt tiger!)
  10. Serve up with sprinkled bacon bits on top

Simplifying Happy Choices – Enjoy!

Vegan broccoli pesto in the blender Basil for vegan broccoli pestoVegan broccoli pesto and Sgaia bacon meal
Broccoli peston vegan orzo pasta















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About Michelle

Michelle grew up in a culture where it was normal to eat meat at every meal. Watching close family suffer multiple health problems drove her to learn more about eating for health. After watching Food Inc Michelle took the plunge into veganism and hasn’t looked back since. She is now on a mission to bring vegan inspiration to everyone!