This is a seriously tasty yet ridiculously simple dish to throw together.  Perfect as an accompaniment to roast chicken, salmon, steak or even on its own.  This is a great one to make a big batch of on the weekend for weekday lunches.  The pesto (which is dairy free – although you wouldn’t know it!) is also wonderful tossed through zoodles, or coated on salmon and thrown on the BBQ.

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Roast Veggie and Macadamia Pesto Salad


  • 1 large eggplant (aubergine)
  • 1 leek
  • 1 punnet (about 1 ½ cups of button mushrooms)
  • ½ Butternut pumpkin/squash
  • 3 Tablespoons of The Shrinking Hubby’s Macadamia Pesto (see below)
  • Olive oil
  • A few handfuls of salad greens (e.g. rocket, baby spinach)
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper


Chop the eggplant, pumpkin, mushrooms and leeks into bite sized pieces.  Toss through the pesto and lay on a baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for about 45 minutes at 180 degrees celcius (250 degrees Fahrenheit).

Toss the roasted veggies through the salad greens and serve warm or room temperature.

The Shrinking Hubby’s Macadamia Pesto

The macadamia nuts give this pesto a creamy twist ensuring you won’t even notice it’s dairy free!


  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted (you can dry-fry them in a pan – just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!)
  • 1 bunch (1½ cups) of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  • ½ -1 red chilli, seeded
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil


Add all ingredients to your food processor and pulse until you reach your desired consistency. If using your Thermomix, add all ingredients to your mixing bowl and mix speed 6 for 3 seconds.

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