Food As Medicine – Basil
Today we are going to be talking about basil. This is just growing like crazy in the garden right now and I've been making vegan pesto and freezing it to enjoy in those winter months so I figured this would be a great topic to cover since home gardening seems to be very popular this year.
Most people don't think of herbs as being very nutritionally dense, but they are packed with nutrients! Adding them daily when you cook can very beneficial to your health. Learn some of the benefits below.
Basil is loaded with goodness and contains:
Omega 3 fats
Benefits for your health:
The flavonoids in basil provide protection on a cellular level against radiation and oxygen-based damage.
Basil provides protection from unwanted bacterial growth.
Basil is an anti-inflammatory that can provide healing benefits for people with inflammatory health problems.
This is one of my favorite recipes and if you have a food processor very quick and easy!
I ended up using walnuts instead of pinenuts for two reasons. The pine nuts were hard to find and they were super expensive! As you know my goal is usually quick and easy and let's save some moola.
I made this into two meals because I'm one person:) I served it over some spaghetti squash, very yummy. Then I made a little cashew cream (another recipe for another time) and mixed this with the leftover pesto and served this over Trader Joes Cauliflower Gnocchi. Wow, delicious!
Let's get started.
1 1/2 Cups of fresh basil
1/3 Cup of olive oil
1 Cup of walnuts
6 Cloves of garlic
Juice of one lemon
1/3 Cup of nutritional yeast
3/4 Tsp of salt
3/4 Tsp of Black pepper
Add all ingredients to the food processor and pulse until a somewhat smooth paste forms. Be sure to scrape down the sides in between pulses.
That's it! Store in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for...