Homemade pesto is one of our favourite ways to elevate a meal. Paired with pizzas, mixed through pasta, drizzled over roasted veggies or used as a dip for bread, it’s a delicious and easy option for many.
This aromatic dressing calls for fresh basil leaves, crushed garlic cloves and zesty lemon - a wonderful way to make use of your garden or any leftovers in the fridge. While extra virgin olive oil - otherwise known as ‘EVOO’ - is essential for making pesto, you simply can’t go wrong with a healthy measure of cheese, or cheese-like alternative (we love nutritional yeast) to make it complete.
For a nutrient-rich kick: Lifestream Certified Organic Spirulina Powder
Pesto alone is full of delicious, feel-good ingredients but if you’re wanting to take it up a notch, try adding a couple teaspoons of Spirulina into the mix. This superb superfood is fantastic for many reasons, including supporting healthy energy levels and helping our bodies get in all the necessary nutrients – perfect for little ones who don’t fancy their greens!
The healthy fat you didn’t know you needed: Extra virgin olive oil
Loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil is a delicious oil made from pure, cold-pressed olives. Being a healthy fat, EVOO is great for nutrient absorption in our bodies and can be used in many ways.
What to do with it:
- Spruce up your next salad by drizzling it over the top as a dressing
- Add it to marinades and sauces
- Mix it into your choice of pasta
Due to its low smoke point, just be careful not to use it when frying.
- 20g fresh basil leaves
- 20g grated parmesan cheese (vegan cheese or nutritional yeast will work well too)
- 2 tsp Lifestream Certified Organic Spirulina Powder
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/3 cup of toasted pine nuts
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Squeeze of lemon
- Blend ingredients with a stick blender.
- Serve as a dip with cut vegetables or with pasta.
Dietaries: Refined Sugar Free
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