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  • Daniel Welstead

HIgh Protein Vegan Pesto Pasta Recipe

Updated: Oct 16

Makes 4 - 455 Calories Per Serving.


6 cloves peeled garlic

1 cup cashew nuts

1 cup inactive yeast extract

½ to ¾ cup of water

4 cups potful of basil

2 tsp high-quality salt

400 Grams of Mung/Edamame Bean Pasta

(Available from Amazon)


Place all ingredients in a blender (except the pasta. Blitz to a paste.

Boil the pasta for 8 minutes. Drain and mix everything together.

My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

I had found my love for cooking but also the love for prescription sleeping tablets. Zopiclone. This was a lethal cocktail for weight gain and at 19 I was piling on the pounds.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

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