Saturday, February 16, 2013

Raw Super Pesto

"Let food be thy medicine & let medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates

Obviously nobody enjoys getting sick.  You know by now I'm a firm believer in using food as preventative medicine.  If I get sick, which is very rare, it lasts about 1 day and it's over.  A plant based diet is the absolute best way to boost your immune system.

This is a delicious way to prevent or battle a cold or worse.  The superfood antioxidants and vitamins in kale, spinach, garlic, and lemon work together with the probiotic active cultures and nutrients in miso and nutritional yeast.  I guarantee your cold doesn't stand a chance.  Consider it like a tasty edible flu shot!

Try this pesto mixed into a bowl of cooked brown rice, spread on crostini, or tossed with some cooked squash or sweet potato.  It balances great with a sweeter cooked vegetable or grain. The possibilties are endless, and the flavor is excellent.

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Raw Super Pesto with Crostini

Raw Super Pesto
makes 2 cups, ready in less than 10 minutes
vegan, oil free, gluten free, raw

- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 1½ Tbsp miso (I use red miso)
- 3-4 leaves kale, de-veined
- handful of fresh spinach
-¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/8  tsp black pepper
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

If you don't have a processor or blender: Mix the lemon juice and miso together first until smooth.  Make sure the garlic is grated on the smallest size grater like a zester or a hard cheese grater.   Hand mince the greens very fine and stir to combine.

*If you're battling an illness that happens to include nausea, add about an inch of fresh grated ginger to the list of ingredients.  This will help settle your stomach.  I recommend mixing with cooked rice afterwards.

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