Not your typical pesto as you can eat lots and lots of it on its own and you will be healthier for that, however it is also great as a side.
Blend the following in a blender/food processor:
- 1 broccoli head (circa 550g) cut in small florets, cooked/steamed and drained.
- 50 g roasted pine nuts
- 7 tbs olive oil
- juice from lemon and some of its zest
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbs linseed (optional)
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves, to taste
Serve lots with chicken or fish or serve as a healthy dip.
For the roasted vegetables cut 4 chicory sprouts lengthwise into quarters, sprinkle with olive oil, sea-salt and pepper and fresh thyme. Half an aubergine, cut small squares in it without cutting the skin, drizzle with olive oil, sea-salt and pepper and oregano. Roast all at 200oC for 40 mins or until done.
This pesto is so tasty but easy to make you will wonder why you ever bought a ready made version.
Mix in a blender to a nice pesto paste:
- 100g walnuts
- 1 tbs ground flaxseed (optional)
- 100 ml olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- juice of half a lemon
- ground pepper to taste
- 1 clove garlic
- 60g rucola
Serve with your favourite pasta on a bed of rucola. Here I have combined with wholemeal ravioli, alfalfa sprouts and sautéed mushrooms.
Pesto is extremely easy to prepare, and I added ground flaxseed to this version for those extra health points.
Blend together in a food processor or a blender:
2 cloves garlic, peeled
50g ground (or let grind in the food processor with the rest) flaxseed
50g lightly roasted pine nuts
50g grated parmesan cheese
150ml extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp sea salt, to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
large bunch fresh basil, leaves plucked
some lemon juice, optional and to taste