Spinach and Basil Pesto

Pesto is such a yummy addition to so many meals, but with pine nuts and parmesan being a standard in most recipes, it’s normally not an option for us.

But this year my both my basil and my spinach are growing great guns so I was inspired to make a pesto that would use our fresh produce and be safe.

  • 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 packed cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt flakes
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (50g)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (40g)
  • 60g good olive oil

Roast the seeds on a baking tray in a hot oven, or under the grill. Keep a close eye on them as it only takes a couple of minutes for them to go golden brown.

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Add all ingredients, except the olive oil to your blender/processor/thermal cooker and process until quite fine (speed 8, 6 secs, scrape down and repeat).

Process again as you slowly drizzle the oil through the top opening of the machine (speed 4). Process until oil is well combined.

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Use immediately or freeze in ice cubes for future use. Makes about 1 cup.

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Some ideas for use:

  • Rub onto chicken pieces before baking
  • Add in a handful of sun-dried tomatoes at the processing stage and stir through pasta (Especially awesome if you top with some crispy bacon and home made garlic croutons!)
  • Fold through some cream cheese (soy based or dairy) or a ripe, mashed avocado as a great dip.
  • If you enjoy the Parmesan flavour that a lot of pesto has, add in a tbsp of Nutritional Yeast

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Enjoy 🙂

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