Pesto - Three Ways

Pesto - Three Ways

When people think of pesto, they generally think of pasta and although its my  favourite pasta sauce, it can be used for so much more! Try using pesto as a dip or spread on your favourite crackers, add to a pizza crust, spread on bread for dinner, add to a sandwich, and use it as a salad dressing. 

Pesto is also great because it contains anti-inflammatory healthy fats and some versions even contain some protein! And when you make it from scratch you avoid all the other additives that are in store bought versions. 

Below are three simple recipes. All you have to do is add all the ingredients into a food processor and viola - it's ready to serve! You can also add more or less liquid depending on what you are using the pesto for. For example, you may want to add more oil or even some water if you are using it as a salad dressing versus a dip or pasta sauce. 

Walnut Pesto

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

Classic Pesto

  • 1/2 cup pine buts
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • optional: add 1/2 avocado

Sweet and Spicy Almond

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup

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