Sunday, September 16, 2012

Another Pesto Recipe perfect for Meatless on Monday!

While I've been away from my virtual kitchen I've been enjoying all things "Herby."  Yes, herby is a real word!  I missed Meatless on Monday last week so this is #9.

I had another basil plant that was so full it was falling over.  This one is a Purple Opal Basil.

I've made pesto several ways so far.  Once the traditional way and once detox-friendly.  This weekend I made a delicious pesto with sunflower seeds! To make things a bit more interesting, my food processor bit the dust.  I improvised by using my blender.  Check it out!

Sunflower Pesto

Fresh pesto with whole wheat past

3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil
½ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup garlic cloves
(or less if you don't love garlic like we do)
cracked black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients except for the parmesan cheese into the blender.  
 Blend until mostly smooth.  Add parmesan cheese and blend for 10-20 seconds.

Serve over pasta, with crackers or even on an eggplant sandwich.  Enjoy!


  1. Oh my, it look so delicious. I love sunflower seeds but I'm not supposed to eat them because of my braces, it's such a bummer but I could have this. Yea! Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party

  2. Mmm, I love pesto, I need to try making it myself!

    I have my first linky party going on right now too, if you'd care to come link up!
    There are no rules involved :).


  3. This looks sooooo yummy! I love pesto - need to make it more often! :) Found you via the Friday Aloha Blog Hop and hope you'll visit my site :)
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  4. looks delicious!
    I'm your newest follower from the Monday Mingle

  5. Sounds delicious! Putting it on my "to try" list. Came over from Tiny Tip Tuesday!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Danni @

  6. Yum, never tried using sunflower seeds, thanks for sharing!

  7. This sounds interesting, and definitely healthy! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

  8. Wow, this sounds delicious! I love sunflower seeds. I found your blog hopping! Will have to give this recipe a try.

  9. The pesto on the pasta looks delicious!! Sunflower seeds sounds like a great pairing with pesto. Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!! Pinning this.

  10. Yum! A great twist on regular pesto. I will definitely need to give this a try. Thanks for stopping by for Tuesday Greens!


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