Save the Pesto!

pesto Basil, basil everywhere.  No joke!  My basil plants have completely taken over an area of the raised bed in which they sit.  By no means am I complaining, but there does come a point when I have no idea how to use it all.

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Bear with me here, I kind of get anxiety with vegetables and fruit.  It’s weird, I know.  Like, I hate tossing stuff into the compost if it has simply gone bad.  I feel like I failed.  I feel like I should use everything I grow.  Here is where the anxiety comes in.  I sometimes just cannot think of enough recipes or find the time to use it all.  Gardening problems.

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When I saw the basil plants going bonkers, I knew I couldn’t make enough margherita pizzas or caprese salads to even have made a dent.  Pesto uses a good amount of basil, but how much can I consume before it goes bad.  Enter Frozen pesto!  I doubled my usual pesto recipe and spooned it into a clean ice-cube tray.  Now all I have to do is pop out a cube or two and heat it up with some squash noodles or saute it with some vegetables.

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Basil Pesto

Enough to fill 1 ice-cube tray

  • 3 cups fresh, torn basil
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts or combination*
  • 3/4 Parmesan or vegan parm
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • large dash of salt and pepper
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or high immersion blender. Process until smooth.  It’s fine for it to have a slightly chunky texture.
  2. Spoon into ice-cube tray.  Cover with saran wrap and place in freezer.  Pop out cubes when needed.  Should stay good for about 3 months.

*I sometimes use 3/4 cup of walnuts for a thick, chunkier consistency.

Why is pesto such a bad ass addition to foods?

Basil!

  • Flavonoids in basil help protect cell structure
  • It has anti-bacterial properties
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps the body fight free radicals
  • Very beneficial to cardiovascular health

Eat up!

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