Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pesto

We all know pesto is delicious on pasta, but I rarely use it as a sauce. I use it as a condiment more often and as finishing touch in soups, as a pasta topper and sandwich spread. To keep things cheaper, I use walnuts or even sunflower seeds in place of pine nuts in my pesto. I generally toast them, especially if I am using sunflower seeds. If you'd prefer a raw sauce, by all means don't toast them, but I guarantee the pesto won't be as tasty!

One of my favorite ways to use pesto is to smear it on my Chickpea Flatbread and add a bunch of veggies and wrap it up. So good and portable!
Chickpea Flatbread
Walnut Basil Pesto
2 large cloves garlic
1 t garlic salt
¾ c toasted walnuts
1.5 c packed basil
½ c packed spinach
Pinch white pepper
Pinch nutmeg
2 T nutritional yeast
1 T miso
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T olive oil ( optional )

Method:
  1. Toast Nuts
  2. In a food processor add the garlic and salt and process until garlic is almost a paste
  3. add the rest of the ingredients except the olive oil
  4. Top with oil if desire 
What are your favorite ways to eat Pesto?

13 comments:

  1. I used to love pesto on pasta...and now put it on salads...sometimes I make it with cilantro or other herbs besides basil leaves, or spinach too. so tasty!

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  2. Mm, I love pesto! Can't wait for Spring to plant my basil!

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  3. GREAT recipe! Can't wait to try it.

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  4. This sounds wonderful. Can't wait to make this..probably in the spring. Not much basil around here. I do have besan, so I'm going to try your flatbread soon! xo

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  5. I'm so ready for pesto season when the fresh basil is growing on my back patio...

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  6. Mmm, your pesto looks so vibrant! I love pesto on pizza, gives it that extra flavor push.

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  7. I love all the different flavours that come with using different nuts for pesto. I like both your ideas of walnut pesto and sunflower seed pesto!

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  8. love the idea of adding spinach to the basil (makes it cheaper, unless you grow your own). and on a chickpea wrap, just perfect!

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  9. I've been meaning to make your chickpea flatbread. Now I need to make pesto too! Looks great.

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  10. Have you ever tried winter pesto? It's definitely worth a go. I use kale, spinach and parsley and it's soo good you wouldn't know there wasn't basil in there.

    Here is the recipe: http://www.handmeafork.com/2011/01/winter-pesto-crostinis.html

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  11. Wonderful! I've never been a fan of pesto and I think it's because I don't love pine nuts. A walnut version with nutritional yeast sounds fabulous!

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  12. I like mine as on a pizza instead of tomato sauce!

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  13. That looks great, and pairing it with the chickpea flatbread for a sandwich sounds awesome.

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