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Offline KrissaB

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A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« on: October 14, 2006, 11:01:08 AM »
I am a big pesto fan and also love cilantro and found this to be an excellent recipe! 

1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup almonds
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

Combine the cilantro, garlic and almonds in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Add the parmesan, oil, and salt and puree to a smooth paste.  Mix with veggies, use as a spread, or whatever you please!

Enjoy!

Offline Jenistar

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Re: A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2006, 11:49:56 PM »
Hi,

I have tried it with flax oil and lemon juice, too! This is a good one to use as a dipping sauce on a detoxing diet.

 :D
Jenny

Offline Kathy C.

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Re: A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006, 11:15:16 PM »
Ah...pesto.......a wonderful opportunity to increase raw nutrition.  Try using pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds for the nutty part.  Try using nutritional yeast flakes instead of parmesan cheese.  I love using lime juice and lime zest, blended with the cilantro and garlic, then adding the pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds, feeding in the olive oil to acquire the desired texture.  Finish it off with celtic salt to taste.

Herbs that have more intense essential oils, such as oregano and rosemary can be diluted with flat leaf parsley (1/3 part oregano or rosemary with 2/3 part flat leaf parsley).  The strong herbal oils infuse with the parsley and together they marry into a subtle flavor that carries the featured herb without the intensive punch. Give it a try.  Eat well and Enjoy!
Kathy Cummins, NE
 Natural Chef Instructor,
Therapeutic Personal Chef
Healthcare Aide for Elders,
 Consultant for Vajrapani Buddhist Community Kitchen
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Offline IvanH

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Re: A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007, 10:32:47 PM »
That's so good! i mixed inabout a Tbsp. of pine nuts and it gave it a nice backtaste.

Offline Kathy C.

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Re: A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 10:20:29 AM »
Thanks for your recipe.......the Santa Cruz Culinary students are viewing this part of the site and we looked at your creation....good job.  Pestos are a great way to incorporate therapeutic ingredients such as nutritional yeast, hemp or flax oil and nuts and seeds............keep it up!!  strong health.kathy
Kathy Cummins, NE
 Natural Chef Instructor,
Therapeutic Personal Chef
Healthcare Aide for Elders,
 Consultant for Vajrapani Buddhist Community Kitchen
Organic Farmer Advocate

Offline AmandaC

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Re: A twist to pesto...use cilantro!
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2007, 11:24:31 PM »
Try this one on for super healthy size!  ;) Another student gave this recipe out in class. Don't want you guys to miss it...

Seaweed Pesto:

  • 2 bunches of fresh herbs (any combo): cilantro, basil, tarragon, dill
  • 1 handful pumpkin or sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 handful toasted sea palm or fresh, dried nori
  • 6-8 oz. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2-6 Tb Ghee (optional)

Place seeds and seaweed in blender first. Add ghee and/or lemon juice, half the olive oil and all of the herbs. Blend and add remaining olive oil until a smooth paste is achieved. Also try adding fresh ginger, garlic, cumin and coriander powder.

« Last Edit: April 09, 2007, 10:30:02 AM by Oshyan Greene »

 


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