Kripalu Healthy Living Recipes
Deb Morgan: I recently sampled a friend’s fresh basil-flaxseed pesto, which she served with her homemade fish cakes. Though the traditional recipe for pesto includes basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, salt, and parmesan cheese, Patricia used fresh basil, flaxseeds, garlic, salt, and olive oil. It was divine! The dish had a lightness and freshness to it, while still making a strong, definitive statement. Patricia’s version of pesto got me thinking of all the other combinations of nuts, seeds, and greens that could be put together to make pesto with personality.
Spicy Cilantro Pesto
Makes 1½ cups.
2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of chili flakes
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely pureed. Serve over rice, pasta, vegetables, or with your favorite protein (tofu, white beans, chicken, fish, or shrimp).