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From Basil to "HemPesto"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A few days ago a dear colleague of mine surprised me with some freshly picked zucchini squashes from his garden. Yes, I know, I work with such nice people : )
Well, that meant I had to get to work and go out of my way to make something other than a salad for once... And since it's basil season too, here's the outcome. 

(Makes about 1/2 cup)
 large bunch of fresh basil
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup walnuts
2-3 cloves garlic
splash of olive oil
salt to taste

Remove the basil leaves from the stems and process them with just half the hemp seeds and half the walnuts, a splash of olive oil, the garlic, and salt. Depending on how thick/runny you prefer your sauce (runny is easier to mix with pasta) add more nuts/seeds or oil to the mixture. Taste test and add some salt if needed. 
To make zucchini pasta just cut grooves all the way lengthwise the zucchinis and then shave them into pastaCheck out the Pad Thai recipe for more details on this...
In a large bowl, toss the pasta in the sauce, cut up some tomatoes to go with it and decorate the servings with basil leaves. Hmmm, sooo satisfying...

Basil Nutrition
This lovely herb has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it's high in vitamin K and A, and the bone strengthening mineral, manganese. It can provide relief from arthritis and protect you from cancer.
Yes, the bursting aroma is not all...

Serving Suggestion
Needless to say, pasta is not the only way to enjoy pesto. Serve this as a dip with crackers or veggie sticks. Spread it on canap├ęs, sandwiches, or pizza. You can even make it really liquidy and use it as a salad dressing. So good so many ways...


Bridget @ The Road Not Processed said...

this looks wonderful! I'm going to have to make this asap once I get some fresh basil. So simple yet healthy and delicious, thank you :)

Dita said...

I know, so little work for such a flavorful dish that's so nourishing...Thank you, Bridget! : )

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