Wild Garlic Pesto
Garlic has strong anti-viral properties and offers benefit for cardiovascular health. The health benefits of wild garlic are similar to regular garlic, just slightly weaker.The addition of nuts and seeds to this pesto means it is packed with minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants. This versatile pesto can be added to pastas or salads or used as a spread or dip. Make a batch and keep in the fridge for a handy, nutrient-rich and delicious addition to meals. Walnuts are very nutrient-dense and are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium, copper and manganese. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc. Zinc is crucial for proper function of the immune system. It is also important for skin and prostate health. To ensure your body can absorb the zinc from pumpkin seeds, soak the seeds overnight in water before using.
- 100 g wild garlic
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup cup cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Add all ingredients to food processor, except the oil, and blitz until roughly combined
- Pour olive oil through funnel while blitzing until pesto is at desired consistency. Add more olive oil if needed
- Transfer to jar, cover top in small amount of olive oil to preserve the pesto and then store in fridge
Recipe by Nutritional Therapist Sophie Hessell, graduate of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).