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Pesto: Easy & Versatile

June 15, 2015

pesto finishedPesto. Do you immediately think of basil + pine nuts? And needing lots of it? Well, you can actually make pesto at home, easily and with some other ingredients that may be in your fridge or an easy grab the next time you go shopping.

Pesto is great because it adds a beautiful color, taste, texture, and nutrients to all sorts of dishes- not just pasta! Add it to a grain salad, a veggie stir-fry, a sandwich, or your scrambled eggs.  Just as it can easily be added to several kinds of dishes, it can also be made with ingredients that don’t follow your regular basil recipe.  Try out this easy and versatile recipe… all of which can be found at Farm Fare Market!

INGREDIENTS:

Pea greens- they’re packed with vitamins A, C, and folic acids and are a low energy density vegetable.

pea greens1Instead of pine nuts, I love using walnuts or sunflower seeds.

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You can add olive oil, garlic and any spices you’d like. Now, place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend away, adding more of each ingredient if needed, until you reach a fairly smooth and rich green consistency.

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Refrigerate or you can freeze it and use it at any point you’re craving something fresh and bright! Come visit Farm Fare Market and pick up some of our pesto or the ingredients to make your own! Here’s another one you may want to try using a different green you may not have had before, but you may find invasively growing around.

Shiso is an Asian herb that was crushed and used for lamp oil in ancient times.  Although it’s a member of the mint family, it’s well-liked for its pleasant, cinnamon aroma. It’s used to add flavor and color to many Japanese dishes and its medicinal properties are used to treat inflammation. Top shiso pesto over fish for a dose of vitamins A and K and potassium. I decided to incorporate shiso into one of our CSA bags after being inspired by Heidi Pleso, owner of Fiddlestix in Sandwich. Heidi has been growing shiso in her yard for years and had an abundance to share. Thanks Heidi!

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Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Pinenuts                        ¼ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 cups Shiso leaves                              Dash Wellfleet Sea Salt
4 cloves Garlic

Place all ingredients into Vitamix or Food Processor and mix until mostly smooth consistency. Serve over spaghetti squash, farro, quinoa, pasta, or any vegetables.

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If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy shiso, try:

Chopping it up over fresh fruit
Mixing it with your tuna salad
Add it to your roasted vegetables
Add it to you green tea
Add it to your eggs

Shiso

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