Pesto Magic

Bag o’ baby greens

Easy Breezy Pesto….

You may think of pesto as basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan. Not me. Sometimes grocery shopping just gets old, so I use what I have available. In this case, it was a bag of assorted baby greens that I got from my CSA, walnuts, garlic and since I’m trying to be fruit-free and can’t use olive oil, I used some melted duck fat! Blended it all up in my handy food processor and then tossed into some rice pasta with roasted asparagus. YUM. Here are the approximate amounts…

Mixin’ it up….

Huge handful of greens
1/2 cup walnuts, soaked for 4 hours first but not necessary
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup oil or fat of your choice
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Pesto Asparagus Pasta!

Raw Raw NUT BALLS!

These little balls of goodness are a great little source of fats for fuel on the go.  Have you ever really looked at the ingredients used in the protein/energy bars out there? It’s a real problem. Full of sugars, fruits and grains, which are no good for blood sugar balance. And the protein sources usually are less than desirable. Somebody needs to invent a better one and get it on the market asap. In the meantime, we have these puppies to satisfy our hunger and energy needs.  Just takes a little bit of prep. I used to use coconut oil as the main fat, but now that I’m avoiding fruit and can’t do coconut, I had to go for the full-on butter version. One word. YUM. I also tried some raw gluten free oats in this batch because I went a bit crazy with the food processor and the butter got too melty, so needed something to hold everything together.  I’d prefer to go grain free with these though.

My version is loosely based on one I found in the book Primal Body-Primal Mind by Nora  Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT. Great book, check it out!

  • 2 T almond or other raw nut butter
  • 1 stick pastured or cultured organic butter or coconut oil or coconut butter (or a blend of all)
  • handful of organic raw nuts and seeds, preferably soaked overnight and   dehydrated (or at least towel dried, drier means less likely to mold)
  • handful of shredded coconut
  • ground flaxseeds (use a coffee grinder)
  • cinnamon, sea salt to taste
  • small amount of honey if desired
  • bee pollen, maca root powder, cocao nibs in any amount desired
  • whatever else tickles your fancy…….

I usually just throw everything in my Kitchenaid food processor and go for it.  It works fine for a more doughy texture. BUT, for the butter version, I think it might be wise to try coarsely chopping the nuts and butter in the processor and then stirring everything in a bowl. Shape into balls and place on a plate or wax paper. Store in the refrigerator.  Another fun thing to do, is ‘cook’ them in a food dehydrator for a little more crunchy treat. You will have so much energy! Rawrrr…..