Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pesto 2 Ways!

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I have not fallen off the blogger planet but my meals lately have not been very creative.  We are on Day 8 of the detox and our daily food intake consists of veggie-fruit-protein shakes, salads with homemade dressing, a little roasted veggies and lots of raw veggies.  I LOVE the homemade Apple-Cider Vinaigrette!

Before we started on our 21 day journey I made pesto with our abundance of basil in the garden so I'll share my non-detox recipe (from my Earth Day post).  But I mentioned 2 ways, right?  I still had a bunch of basil left over so I made detox-friendly basil and it is delicious!!!

Pesto with whole wheat pasta
Earth Day Basil Pesto

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
½ cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, packed (optional)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and cracked black pepper to taste

1. Place ingredients in a food processor, starting with half of the ingredients if the processor bowl is small, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of container. Blend until pesto forms a thick, smooth paste.
2. Store in refrigerator in a tightly closed container for up to a week, or freeze for a few months. 

Detox-Friendly Simple Pesto

3 cups fresh Basil
1 cup olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste

I used a blender for this recipe since it was handy. (I think I've used my blender every day for at least a 2 months)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

We really like garlic in our house (although my stomach might disagree).  Since I have so much delicious pesto on hand I might use it for Meatless on Monday.  Stay tuned...I'll be modifying an older recipe so it's detox-friendly!


  1. I LOVE pesto! It's always my sauce of choice when we go out :) Thanks for sharing these. can't wait to try! New follower here. Yay for being blog friends!! Feel free to stop by and say hi!

  2. The pesto looks amazing! I bet it taste even better!! I must check out your recipe for Apple-Cider Vinaigrette. Yum!

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    Have a great night!! Julie

  3. I LOVE the pesto! Thanks for the new recipes!
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  4. We have a boat load of basil growing right now, this is a perfect way to use it since I can freeze it. I've never de-toxed before, although I probably should. What make the second recipe considered de-tox friendly? Thanks for sharing on my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

    1. Hi karri! My detox food-plan is very strict. No nuts, dairy, pasta etc. The detox-friendly recipe has more basil, olive oil and garlic but no nuts or cheese.

    2. Hi karri! My detox food-plan is very strict. No nuts, dairy, pasta etc. The detox-friendly recipe has more basil, olive oil and garlic but no nuts or cheese.

  5. Thanks for sharing your recipe at A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesday!

  6. Looks great! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

  7. What a delightful recipe. I'm a huge fan of basil so this recipe hits the spot! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. Please note my new web address: Same blog, new name. :)


  8. Hi Mary,
    I love this pesto recipe. I am now following you. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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