Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

The very first time I tried pesto, it came to me in a small jar purchased from the local grocery. And even after the first hesitant bite, I was; “WOW! How have I not tried this bliss earlier!”. Pesto immediately ranked amongst my most favourite sauces and many other jars followed the first one.

However, I have two issues with purchased pesto:

  • It is very expensive and
  • There are many “E”s among the ingredients

So, one day I started searching for ideas how to prepare homemade pesto. It looks like the ideas and recipes are endless and each recipe can be improved and developed.

I have tried many recipes but my most favourite one is based on fresh basil, cashew nuts and nutritional yeast. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and keeps inside a well-closed jar in the fridge at least a week.

You may serve pesto with bread and crackers, with salads and pasta or spread over homemade flat tortilla breads as I did with my last batch. I topped the pesto-tortillas with fresh figs and slightly roasted hazelnuts – all tastes and colours combined into a luxurious experience for the senses!

This is a wonderful starter but can also be a light dinner, if you serve it with a bowl of salad. Just another idea for quick but healthy and delicious lunch or dinner for times when you are in a hurry.




And mentioning “in a hurry”, I am leaving you now with this short post, as I am packing for our healthy retreat in the Rhodopi Mountain. Expect soon a coverage of how we spend the three days in the beautiful House of Red Doors, preparing healthy food and learning about the principles of healthy food and living!

Homemade Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of green spices (basil, celery, parsley, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • the juice of small lemon
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation:
Wash and chop the green spices. Peel and chop the avocado. Juice the lemon. Put all ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.


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