In our house, we love putting pesto sauce on roasted chicken and pasta for a great dinner or snack. Fresh pesto truly makes average things taste amazing. Traditional pesto sauces include a good handful of parmesan cheese. Although parmesan does truly make the most insanely delicious pesto, you can have a delicious pesto even without the parmesan. Here is what I came with, which Sarah enjoys on things like roasted chicken breast, sliced cucumber, and rice pasta.
This is so good when served fresh but I think it acquires an even better flavor after sitting in the fridge over a night or two. It keeps well in the fridge and it is handy for throwing together quick dinners. Try adding some walnuts or hazelnuts and experiment to make this even more delicious on your own.
Pine nuts are healthy and they contain heart healthy monounsaturated fat, are high in vitamin C, are great source of iron. Pine nuts may even suppress your appetite which we all need help with at times… Pine nuts contain Pinolenic acid which causes the triggering of hunger suppressants (cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide-1). These are just to name a few of the many healthy attributes of pine nuts.
Put all of the following ingredients into a blender or vitamix and blend until smooth and evenly colored. Now add it to your choice of meats, vegetables or pasta!
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil (packed and most stems removed)
3/4 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp of salt (adjust as you like)
juice squeezed from 1/4 of a lemon
(Do not squeeze lemon directly over mixture… Accidental lemon seeds in the pesto can make it taste bitter)
*Want dairy? Add 1/2 cup parmesan