Sunday, April 28, 2013

raw vegan pesto

Who doesn't love pesto?  It's super yummy and versatile - it can be used as a sauce, dip or spread.  I hope you enjoy my basic pesto recipe.


1 cup cashews soaked a minimum of 4 hours
1/2 cup pine nuts soaked for 20 minutes
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 cups fresh basil
1 bunch of fresh parsley or a handful of fresh oregano
3 garlic cloves peeled or 1 shallot
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon raw hemp seed oil or olive oil (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients above in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  And voila, you have pesto!

“The pesto and angel hair are warm in the bowl on my lap, the fragrances of olive oil and basil blending the exotic and familiar, equal parts sunny Tuscan hillside and hometown dirt. A meal like this makes you want to live forever, if only for the scent of warm pesto in January.”

~ Michael Perry

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