Health Tips - Pepi’s Low-Carb Pesto

 
Pepi’s Low-Carb Pesto

Pesto is a sauce that originated in northern Italy. The word pesto comes from Italian “pestare” meaning “to pound or crush”, in reference to the mortar and pestle that were used to crush the sauce’s basil and garlic.

One of the main ingredients is pine nuts, which are seeds found in certain varieties of pine cones. The majority of edible pine nuts grow in southern Europe, although some are grown in the warm climate of the southern United States.

While I love the flavor of all pestos, I have not wanted to eat the pasteurized cheese in store-bought brands for health reasons. I formulated this version to be lower in fat and carbs than other pestos. It is 100% raw, which means it is full of digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins and healthy oils.

The recipe makes about 3/4 cup pesto sauce. Serve on top of fish, turkey burgers, pasta, salad, tomatoes, crackers, pizza, etc. It can be used for 2 servings containing about 250 calories, 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbs each.

Put these ingredients in your Vita-Mix or food processor:

  • 1/2 cup packed-down organic basil
  • 2 cup packed-down organic spinach
  • 1/3 cup raw organic pine nuts. Other raw nuts can be used, but have higher carb levels.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon organic olive oil, which adds 120 calories to the recipe.

Blend the ingredients until the pesto is the consistency you prefer.

Try each of my other recipes to improve your health.

Mangia! (Italian for “eat!”)

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