My Three Leafy Green Pesto recipe is something that you can easily throw together yourself in less than ten minutes from start to finish! It is also bursting with nutrients, meaning you can use it as your delicious go-to dip on those days when you feel you need an extra burst of goodness! Personally, I love making it for dinner parties! Continue reading Three Leafy Green Pesto
A wonderful twist on the classic pesto! Filled with three amazing greens and using flaxseed oil instead of the traditional olive oil. Flaxseeds are GREAT for your health for so many reasons and I really suggest finding ways to incorporate them into your diet. Many people actually refer to flaxseeds as the original superfood because they have been consumed as a food for many thousands of years.
The most well known benefits of flaxseeds are that they improve your digestion, promote clearer skin, regulate your hormones and also that they work to lower your cholesterol levels. However, consuming them regularly can also help to combat any sugar cravings that you might be experiencing, as well as helping to protect against cancer and encourage weight loss.
Flaxseeds are also often called linseeds and are widely available in both health food stores and normal supermarkets. Just a one ounce serving of flaxseeds (which equates to roughly three teaspoons) will provide your body with 8g of fibre, 6g of protein, 35% of your recommended daily allowance of manganese and 30% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium. In addition to all of those amazing things, it will also supply you with an ample amount of phosphorous, selenium and a range of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! What’s not to love?!
To make this pesto to serve four people, you will need the following ingredients:
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tbsp of almonds
2 tbsp of flaxseed oil
A handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), trimmed and chopped
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 a tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 a tsp of freshly ground black pepper
Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz for a few minutes, adding more flaxseed oil or lemon juice if necessary to reach your preferred consistency. And that’s it!
You can serve this pesto with your favourite pasta dish for a tasty meal! I love quinoa and corn pasta but my kids prefer whole wheat, so take your pick and enjoy. Adding a handful of cashew nuts on top isn’t necessary but will give you that extra little bit of nutrition and flavour!
Pesto is a great side dish to add to so many different meals. It brings a burst of flavour and when made with colourful ingredients it is also an aesthetically pleasing addition to the dinner table. The combination of sweet corn, spinach and mint is not only great for your health, as these three ingredients are full of nutrients, but also creates an amazing taste! Research has suggested that a certain acid found in sweet corn can prevent certain cancers as well reduce inflammation in the body. The high antioxidant count in spinach makes it the perfect choice for improving all-round health, plus it only contains 27 per calories per cup! Finally, mint is an absolute winner when it comes to aiding essential functions in the body. It is good for digestion as well as the health of your blood and bones!
To make a bowl of this pesto at home, collect the following ingredients:
500g cooked corn, but put aside 100g
50g pine nuts
1 large handful spinach
1 small handful mint
Squeeze of one lemon
120ml olive oil
Salt and pepper
Put all ingredients into a food processor except for the 100g of corn and whizz away. Garnish with the rest of the corn and a few more mint leaves and it’s ready to serve!
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Pesto makes a great accompaniment to absolutely any pasta meal and can give the blandest of dishes a real kick. Many people assume that it’s difficult and time consuming to make but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Although traditionally prepared with a pestle and mortar you can get the same fantastic result from whizzing all the the ingredients together in a food processor! If you follow a plant-based diet then you may not have realised that you can enjoy pesto as much as everyone else due to the standard use of cheese in the recipe.
With the following selection of ingredients this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about:
2 large handfuls of basil (stems removed)
100g of macadamian nuts
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 of one clove of garlic
100g of olive oil
1 large handful of parsley (stems removed)
So as mentioned before, all you have to do is combine all of these ingredients together in your food processor and whizz together until you achieve the consistency of pesto! You can then either store in the fridge for later use or include it immediately in your cooking.
Making your own pesto from home is the best way to really keep track of what you’re putting into your body. Many pesto sauces can be quite fattening so by making you’re own you know exactly what has gone into it! In this instance the high fat level comes from the olive oil however, this is mono-unsaturated fat which is much better for us then saturated or trans fats. Mono-unsaturated fats can actually help lower your blood cholesterol levels too.
Macadamia nuts are also high in fat but again, it’s the healthy monounsaturated kind. They are also a fantastic source of protein and contain all of the essential amino acids. As you may already know, protein is essential for muscle growth as well as for keeping your immune system healthy. Because of their high antioxidant content, it’s important to include nuts in your diet and the Macadamia variety are a tasty choice!
Including garlic in your pesto recipe will give it that extra little bit of flavour as well as boosting the nutritional profile. Garlic isn’t difficult to grow for yourself so you can easily have a fresh store at your fingertips. There is an abundance of vitamins and minerals in garlic, such as iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and manganese. It also contains selenium which helps keep the heart in optimum condition.
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