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The Besto Pesto

Pesto recipe healthy foodsWhat do you bring when you are invited to someone’s place and you want to bring food? If you’re like me, you might stress a bit about what foods most people will like, what is easy to make, and what is healthy, all while being sensitive to people’s dietary sensitivities. Ok, so this is not nut-free. But it is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. It takes only minutes to make. You can bring a combo of vegetables and/or crackers along with it. And, it’s also modifiable to your taste.

I recently made this pesto for 2 events I attended, and it was successful. I tried making a kale pesto before this, and was glad I didn’t have to bring it anywhere. I grew to like it, but it was pretty “kale” tasting at first, so probably wouldn’t be popular among the general population.

Here’s a picture of my dog Hana eating a leaf of basil that I dropped. What?! Who knew she’d like basil. 

Besto Pesto
Basil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and heart healthy. Plus it's yummy!
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  1. 1/4 cup raw walnuts (I used walnuts, but you could also try almonds or pine nuts, or I even tried hazelnuts)
  2. 1 lemon, squeezed (I found 1/2 a lemon was enough if the lemon was big)
  3. 2 pinches fine black pepper
  4. 1 pinch cayenne (optional; I skip this ingredient)
  5. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 Tbsp hot water
  7. 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  8. 1 tsp nutritional yeast (supposed to be optional, but I think it tastes best with this)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend.
  3. Yup, just 2 steps. Easy.
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