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Healthy Spreads: Very Green Vegan Parsley Pesto

Healthy Spreads: Very Green Vegan Parsley Pesto

If you ever get sick of basil, or just want to get some amazing nutrients from parsley for a change, give this pesto a chance. It’s vibrant, it’s healthy and it’s vegan too! Parsley is one of the best natural detoxing ingredients. It is a powerful diuretic and relieves fluid retention, bloating, gas, GI disorders, kidney stones, and UTI. In this recipe I also use hemp seeds, which are a complete protein packed with Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy brain function, healthy skin, hair, and nails, among other benefits. They have a mild nutty taste that works perfectly in this pesto, and it’s a great substitute for people with nut allergies.

Very Green Vegan Parsley Pesto

1 big bunch of parsley (chop off the ends of stalks as they tend to be quite hard)

1/3 cup of ground almonds

1/3 cup of hemp seeds (use ½ cup of ground almonds if you don’t have any hemp seeds)

½ cup of oil (I like hempseed or rapeseed oil)

½ cup of nutritional yeast

1 large clove of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Dash of water

Salt to taste

1.     Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

2.     If you find your pesto is a little too thick – add more oil or a little more water to thin it

3.     Adjust seasoning

4.     Enjoy as you would basil pesto – with pasta, salads, sandwiches, added to your soup…. Possibilities are endless.

5.     Store in the fridge in a jar or air tight container for up to 4 days

TIP:

I am careful with olive oil when it comes to pesto as it can be very bitter and overpowering, so feel free to experiment with milder oils!


More healthy spreads: Raw Zucchini Pesto Hummus

Roasted Kabocha Squash Pudding

Maple Chili Sweet Potato Spread

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Photo: Joanna Fiminska

 

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