RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress…

Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a smidgeon of salmon, or smother it on shrimp or chicken.

A client recently sent me a clever recipe for kale and hemp seed pesto, that I reworked to retain my friend, basil.  This is a great option for folks with nut allergy!

Hemp Seeds are a protein rich superfood! Basil is an alkaline cancer-fighter, garlic lowers cholesterol and keep vampires away (2 birds, on stone) and lemon helps detoxify!

Hemp Heart Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts)

1 Garlic clove, chopped or pressed

2 cups Basil, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt and ground Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender combine the above ingredients; start with hemp seeds and garlic, add basil , lemon juice and spices, finish with olive oil.  Use a spatula to scrape in to glass container for storage.

Makes about 1/2 cup (which is a lot of pesto!) Store what you don’t use immediately in a jar in fridge for a week or so. Freeze what you won’t use in near future. Or use as a facial masque. (not really…though maybe?)

RECIPE: Fresh Pesto

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I. LOVE. PESTO.

Put it on Pasta. Serve it in soups. Pop it on Pizza.

The smell of fresh basil is like Spring and Summer and Tuscany all in one leaf!

So if you are looking for something to do with your basil plant’s offerings, or just searching for a pesto recipe, you’ve found it!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups fresh basil

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts,  toasted (1-3 minutes, don’t over toast, because pine nuts are spendy!) * you can leave these out, but try not too!

1/2 cup parmesan or pecorino cheese, preferably fresh grated

2/3 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Combine all of above ingredients in a food processor and serve immediately on pasta or freeze for weeks!