Sunflower seed and herb pesto – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, clean and paleo friendly.
Day 3 of condiments, sauces and dips.
Today I want to share with you a pesto with a difference using toasted sunflower seeds. This pesto would go great slathered over some freshly steamed or barbecued corn or mix through some zucchini noodles. I’ve used a bit of chilli which is optional but I take the seeds out and only use half a chilli which just gives a little bit of oomph to the pesto.
if you’re not eating it straight away, make sure you store it in a glass jar or small bowl and cover over properly with some olive oil (to keep out any air) or place some cling wrap over the top and push it down, making sure to expel all air bubbles otherwise it will quickly go brown.
Another tip – try to use light olive oil or a more neutral flavoured oil.. Using extra virgin olive oil can give this pesto a bitter taste.
Why this is so good for you
Sunflower seeds help prevent cardiovascular disease, support prostate health, help prevent severity of asthma, lower blood pressure, help prevent migraines, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and inhibit cancer cells.
Olive oil helps prevent breast cancer, heart disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes, reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, helps prevent strokes and reduces risk of depression.
Chives strengthen bones, aid digestive health, boost vision, strengthen the immune system, protect against cancer, protect against birth defects and lower blood pressure.
Oregano increases immune strength, has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, aids in waste elimination, reduces risk of osteoarthritis and helps reduce risk of cancer.
Parsley freshens breath, inhibits tumor formation, reduces risk of colon cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes and asthma, fights against osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, helps prevent recurrent ear infections or colds, reduces severity of asthma
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties, supports the circulatory, digestive and immune systems, helps lower blood pressure, assists in detoxification, prevents formation of blood clots, reduces blood pressure, helps with asthma, regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics and lower the risk of most types of cancer.
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
Have a great Wednesday!
Love, Tash x
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, pan toasted
- 3/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves (or basil leaves)
- 1/2 large, long red chilli, de-seeded and roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped in half
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Store in a jar or small bowl covered in olive oil or cling wrap until ready to use.