• Karina Inkster

Recipe: vegan, nut-free pesto with hemp hearts and your choice of greens



Got some greens you wanna use up? I harvested a load of arugula, 2 types of kale, chard, and spinach yesterday, and needed a way to use it. Enter: pesto-making!


As I'm deathly allergic to all nuts (except peanuts), I used hemp hearts in my recipe. Many vegan pesto recipes call for walnuts, so you could try that too, or pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or any other mild-flavoured nut or seed!


Ingredients:


4 cups greens of your choice

1 cup hemp hearts

2 garlic cloves

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

Salt + pepper to taste

Water, if necessary

3 tbsp olive oil



The how-to:


1. Place greens, hemp hearts, garlic cloves, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process until ingredients are well incorporated and smooth.


2. If the pesto looks a bit dry at this point, add about 1/4 cup water and continue processing.


3. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil.


Use as a pasta sauce, dollop on salad, spread on crackers, or eat by the spoonful :)





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