This creation of this recipe was an accident, but quite a delicious accident! I was making pesto, and realized I was out of pine nuts. I subbed the pine nuts for shelled hemp seeds. It was a delightful twist. To take it further, I try to avoid dairy when I can. I used nutritional yeast flakes in place of Parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast flakes pack a powerhouse of vitamin B-12 and some protein. So, this addition was a win, win.
I am a fan of kale. Not for its taste in its natural state, but because kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there. It's a good source of vitamin C, and contains vitamins A, K, B-6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. All of these nutrients can help give your immune system the extra boost it needs these days.
The good news is you don't even need a food processor to make this. I didn't want to have to wash multiple food processor parts, so I made this pesto in a blender to simplify clean up.
Okay. Let's get to it!
3 cups curly kale, washed, stems removed, and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled
1.5 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TBS shelled hemp hearts AKA seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes or Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried or fresh oregano
4 fresh basil leaves
Salt to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor, or a blender. If using a blender, use the food chop or salsa setting. Once the pesto has reached your desired texture, it's done! If using a food processor, pulse, until you reach desired consistency. That's it! Super easy, super good!
You can enjoy this over pasta, spread over salmon, chicken breasts, roasted veggies, or add to salads and sandwiches. The options are endless.
I made the wrap below, using this kale pesto, and it was really good. I topped thickly sliced yellow squash, tomatoes, and mushrooms with this mixture and baked it in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes. I put a thin layer of garlic hummus on a flat wrap, added the oven roasted veggies with kale pesto to it, topped with romaine lettuce and the result was very enjoyable and low on the calories. My husband is a former meat eater and he actually approved of this wrap :)
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