We replaced the traditional pine nuts for organic sunflower seeds, as they grow locally, add some chunky nutty flavor, provide linoleic acid, Vitamins E and B, and they're also less expensive. Pesto is the number one sauce to have in the fridge, as it is perfect for a quick pasta pesto dish, as a sandwich filling or to give roasted vegetables or soups a kick. With pesto this yummy on standby, you may even convince your kiddos to add a little color to their plain noodles!
1. Gather the ingredients
- A bunch of fresh organic basil
- 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup of organic sunflower seeds
2. Chop the basil
Wash the basil; and if you think it needs a little refreshment, you can give the basil leaves an ice bath before drying and chop (only the leaves!) well.
3. Add extra virgin olive oil
Make sure the olive oil is extra virgin and if it’s organic and local, that’s even better.