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Ok, folks, are you ready for dinner tonight? Seriously, this pesto recipe will change your life.  Fry up some tofu, boil up some pasta, saute your veggies, or just grab a spoon because this pesto recipe is so delicious that it will go with anything that you already have on hand.  It’s bright and fresh and packed (I mean packed) with nutrients! Did you know that hemp seeds are super high in protein and have all 9 essential amino acids?!? If you’re unfamiliar with hemp seeds, check them out.  They have a delicious, nutty bite and can thrown in practically anything.  Especially important with little ones who can sometimes be picky.  Hemp seeds hidden in pancakes and smoothies? Sure, why not!  Obviously avocado, sweet peas and basil also have a ton of health benefits so really, this recipe is a win-win! Check it out and let me know what you think!

5 minute Powerhouse Pesto

Makes 1 1/2 Cups
3 heaping C basil, rinsed
1/4 C nuts; cashews, almonds or pine nuts
1/2 avocado
1/4 C frozen peas, defrosted
3 Tbsp raw hemp seeds
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Generous pinch of salt; very generous
1/4 or more Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or water/veg broth if you don’t do oil)

In your blender or cuisinart, pulse together nuts, seeds and garlic until evenly chopped.  Add basil, avocado, peas, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt and pulse until everything starts to break down.  Slowly stream in EVO or water while pulsing, making sure to scrape down the sides as you go.  Blend together until a nice cohesive sauce forms.  You can add more or less EVO/water depending on how watery you like your pesto.  If you like it more like a hummus, stop at about 1/4 C, if you like it more like a chimichurri, add a little more until you reach your desired consistency.  Taste and adjust seasoning in necessary.  Then, grab a spoon and indulge!

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