It’s time to add pesto to your menu plans!
We love to pour it, drizzle it and dip into it- ok and we have been known to take a bit by the spoonful too. Every which way pesto is a winner.
We especially love pesto at Kurere Living because it fits our food requirements: delicious, nutritious, fun to eat and easy to make. It’s versatility allows it to be made to your particular taste bud and texture desires. Plus, it has many healing and nourishing properties that we will share with you below.
Traditionally pesto consists of crushed garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, parmesan cheese and pecorino sardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk), all blended with olive oil.
But traditional is boring- living outside the box is more fun! And in today’s modern crazy hectic often chaotic mainstream world we need to choose the highest quality and most nutrient-dense ingredients so we can optimally nourish ourselves resulting in more energy, glowing skin and fast thinking brains!
Lets get to it!
First, the key is to gather the highest quality organic local ingredients possible. If you have a garden get your herbs from your garden. Get your oil from the local farmer’s market. Get your sprouted nuts from the local organic market. Quality matters.
In today’s “fake processed poisoned” food world we need to be educated consumers and only choose real whole organic foods that we know come from a trusted source. Feel confident that every product Kurere Living recommends to you is the best of its kind that comes from a conscious company. We do our research so you don’t have to!
You will need:
- ½ cup sprouted raw organic sprouted walnuts
- ½ cup sprouted raw organic sprouted pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup Red Star nutritional yeast
- 3 handfuls basil:
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- Dash Sea Salt
- Black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp spirulina
- Juice of 1 lemon
|Choose “sprouted” raw organic nuts and seeds. Raw organic nuts and seeds are awesome but “sprouted” takes it up another level. When nuts and seeds are sprouted the enzyme inhibitors are removed making them easier to digest preventing gas and bloating and other uncomfortable symtpoms some people get from nuts and seeds. So if you are one of those people start buying sprouted nuts and seeds and nut/seed butters and notice the difference.|
Before you start the food prep process take a moment to get quiet, take 5 deep breaths and set your intention for your food prep experience.
You may intend to feel joy and ease, be in the present moment and make your food with love. Food has energy and the energy you make your food with goes into the food- so love up each ingredient so they love you back.
Take time to taste each ingredient- especially if you have not had that food before. Mindfully chew and eat each ingredient and notice the flavor, texture, smell, color. Be aware of all your senses during this process.
Feel free to experiment with different ingredients especially if you happen to not have one ingredient at home but you have something similar. You can use cashews or sunflower seeds for the nuts. Try avocado or flax oil instead of olive oil. How about cilantro instead of basil. Try chlorella instead of spirulina- oh yes! Last time I made this recipe I didn’t have a lemon so I used apple cider vinegar. It was still fantastic. Or try a lime instead of a lemon.
Play! Play play play! Get your hands messy and lick your fingers!
When you are ready add all the ingredients to your food processor and process to your desired consistency. Make it your own. We love our pesto a bit crunchy for texture. But feel free to smooth yours out.
Let your creative juices flow & savor every bite!
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy our pesto include:
- Pesto smothered on zucchini noodles.
- Dip your sprouted crackers into pesto.
- Use your pesto as a salad dressing and mix it into a bowl of sprouts.
- Pesto is great with fresh raw veggies such as red pepper.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy pesto is to spread it on half of a nori sheet, load in the veggies, roll up the nori sheet into a burrito-ish shape, dip it in more pesto, bite into it while the pesto is dripping down my chin and on my finger and then lick my fingers. Yep- we are messy eaters and it’s the best. Imagine being all messy with a huge smile on your face and your cells saying yes yes yes- give me more!
The options are endless. Play!
And allow yourself to make mistakes and fail. Not every recipe is going to be your favorite. How can you tweak it to make it a favorite? What can you add or take a way?
Always remind yourself of your why….
….why you are committed to eating the most delicious and nutritious foods and taking the time to cultivate a mindful eating experience that you enjoy. Why?!
When you regularly remind yourself of your why you are more likely to stick to this possibly new habit of mindful nutrient-dense healthy delicious eating.
Your why may be to:
- feel better.
- heal your body.
- increase energy.
- get rid of your brain fog and cultivate a clear mind again.
- prepare your body for pregnancy.
- get more in touch with your true self.
- fulfill all your life dreams.
- heal your relationship with food.
We know pesto will not solve all your life problems but it is a step. It is one choice. And life is just a series of choices. The more choices you make that align with your true self values and intentions the more you will be living on purpose. And when you live on purpose you feel lighter- more free- allowing you to naturally heal even more. All of this contributing to overall mind body emotion soul health and well-being.
This specific pesto does bring you many healing benefits including:
- Pumpkin seeds are a great source of veggie protein.
- Walnuts have essential anti-inflammatory properties.
- Basil boosts brains production of dopamine and serotonin.
- Spirulina is high in protein, iron and chlorophyll and is ideal for detox.
- Himalayan sea salt provides you with the minerals you need to uptake your nutrients.
- Lemon is alkalizing to the body.
- Olive oil is full of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin E.
- Garlic is a great antibiotic.
- Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins especially B6.
What is nutritional yeast? Most importantly it tastes like “cheese” so just try it!It is made from an organism grown on molasses which is then harvested and dried to deactivate the yeast.
Health benefits include:
*Red Star is our fave brand!
I mean look at this luscious picture …. The natural green chlorophyll from the herbs and spirulina, the glow from the oil, the sparkle from the lemon juice, chunks of nutrients from sprouted living nuts and so much more.
So what is your plan? How are you going to get started making this recipe? When? What will you eat it with? What specific ingredients will you use? Make a plan- that is how you successfully cultivate the changes or additions you desire in your life.
Most importantly play, be creative, be mindful and have fun.
Love, light & laughter, Kelly