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Pesto Recipe from Jamie Oliver

Pesto-Jamie-Oliver-Nicole-Porter-WellnessI love Jamie Oliver, mostly because he is on a mission to create a healthy generation of kids who are more informed about what they eat. I’m posting this pesto recipe because it’s a great alternative as a spread for sandwiches, instead of mayonnaise or butter (I’m not opposed to butter…I’m just opposed to TOO much of it!).  Hummus, guacamole or mashed avocado, mustard, nut butter, tzatziki are also great options!

Ingredients

  • ½ a clove garlic
  • 1 big bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 handful of pine nuts
  • 1 good handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon , optional

Method

  1. Peel the garlic, then pound in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Pick, roughly chop and add the basil leaves, then bash to a paste (or pulse in a food processor).
  3. Add the pine nuts (very lightly toast first, if you like) to the mixture and pound again, then stir in half the Parmesan.
  4. Drizzle in some oil – you need just enough to bind the sauce and get it to an oozy consistency.
  5. Add most of the remaining cheese, then season to perfection with salt and black pepper. Have a taste, and keep adding a bit more cheese or oil until you are happy with the taste and consistency.
  6. Add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to give it a little twang, if you like, but it’s not essential.

By Nicole Porter
Nicole Porter is a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator helping busy professionals master the Top 10 Habits for optimal health, mindset and productivity. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Healthy Weight Loss Coach, and Pilates Coach with a background in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Behaviour Change.

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