This chickweed pesto is vegan, is easy to make and tastes great! One of the best things about it is that it is made from a weed that grows everywhere. It is a delicate green weed that is so good for pesto. Toss this pesto with pasta or serve it with bread or crackers for an appetizer.
Vegan Chickweed Pesto Recipe Ingredients
Chickweed is a tasty nutritious weed. Many of the weeds in our garden are food that I include in my meals and let some of them grow as real food in my garden.
Cashews are delightfully sweet and creamy nuts that are crunchy and full of health benefits! All over the world, these delicious exotic nuts are found in many cuisines as they add flavour and texture. They add that luxurious creaminess to this chickweed pesto.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Nutritional Yeast Flakes add a tangy, cheesy taste to my food which is good since I don’t eat cheese. I add this to sauces and pesto as a replacement for Parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast flakes are an inactive form of yeast and are a good source of protein (contain 18 amino acids and nine are essential ones that your body cannot produce). Also, are a great source of B vitamins and the minerals iron, selenium, and zinc. Not to be confused with baker’s yeast, which is still active and can grow inside your stomach, depriving you of nutrients, or with brewer’s yeast, which is inactive but bitter.
Organic nutritional yeast is not fortified, so it does not have the same B vitamins and bright yellow color as conventional yeast flakes. Any fortified yeast cannot be organic certified. Try this very good variety of nutritional yeast: Druids Grove Organic Nutritional Yeast Flakes Kosher Certified
To get the most health benefits from Garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking. Waiting for 5 – 10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form. If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait. Add some garlic to your soups, stews, and salad dressing recipes to lower high cholesterol. Sometimes it is easier to use some Organic Freeze Dried Garlic so no chopping and peeling.
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Vegan Chickweed Pesto Recipe
1. First, put olive oil first into the blender; then add chickweed, blend until smooth.
2. Next, add cashews and garlic; blend till they are ground.
3. Now add salt and nutritional yeast; blend till smooth.
4. Pesto is best to not be completely smooth; a little texture is good.
5. Add 1/3 cup chopped cashews and mix in at the end.
Adjust amounts to your own taste.
Pesto keeps very well; it is delicious the next day and it freezes well too.
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