Pesto Line-Up

I used these ingredients to make pesto today, and it was soooooo good! Pesto, where have you been all my life?? I think this needs to become a new staple in my diet.

  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • olive oil (I used grapeseed this time because we were out of olive oil)
  • fresh basil
  • fresh spinach
  • freshly squeezed lemon
  • parmesan or feta
  • lots of garlic sauteed in butter
  • celtic sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • (would probably be awesome with a few coarsely chopped sundried tomatoes tossed in for good measure)
  • a little water to help the blender function better

Blend it all up for something amazing! I licked the spoon afterwards. Yum.

Ideas for using the pesto:

  • today I tossed in it quinoa shell pasta with steamed asparagus!
  • spread it on a pizza crust of some sort (cauliflower crust perhaps) with mozzarella on top
  • marinade chicken breasts in it, then pour it all on top of them while they bake and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and  serve over rice
  • use it as a dip on crackers, with or without the addition of a slice of cheese on top (provolone or swiss maybe)
  • toss cubed potatoes in it and roast them
  • spread on a wrap with swiss or provolone and sliced turkey breast and roll it up and slice it into pinwheels
  • put it inside grilled cheese sandwiches
  • make a quinoa salad with it
  • toss steamed vegetables in it
  • bake salmon in it
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