Organic Kale, Cilantro and Basil Pesto

Organic Kale

This week, I made my first Kale Pesto. I read about them and then once I had a fresh bunch of kale and lots of fresh harvested garlic scapes, I blended them with hemp: hemp seeds and hemp oil, some lemon infused olive oil and ume vinegar. I love pesto and have many with hemp seeds instead of the traditional pine nuts. I like hemp because of the exceptional nutritional profile: loaded with omega 3s, high in anti-oxidants, fiber, zinc, magnesium, iron, easy to digest complete protein… I could go on and on. Please email me and ask me more about why I love hemp: but for now, this blog is about pesto.

Cilantro, basil, nettle, and kale pesto are all wonderful made with hemp seeds. Vegan, non dairy, gluten-free, and vegetarian pesto are quick and easy to make, nourishing and delicious. And I love using some local, artisan, grass raised organic cheeses in my pesto, too.  In fact, when I teach and cook, I enjoy mixing and matching herbs, cheeses, nuts and seeds to make pesto based on the season and what participants want to learn and taste.

Try pesto on gluten-free quinoa macaronis, ramen, or your favorite pasta. And I have used pesto in nori rice rolls, too.

And I like my pesto thick as you can see from the photos below in my recipe for Basil Pesto that I created for Nutiva with their hemp products and while I love hemp in my Cilantro Pesto, I also have a delicious variation with sunflower seeds and almonds from my cookbook, Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook 

Cilantro Pesto from Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet's cookbook

Vegetarian Basil Hemp Seed Pesto

And click here for the recipe from Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook for my vegan basil pesto with walnuts

Pesto photos by Tracey Eller

Kale photographed by Leslie Cerier @ Brookfield Farm Biodynamic CSA in Amherst, MA

Come to Spice It Up! Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices this June 29-July 1 to make pesto and many other herbal delights. 8 CPEUS offered for RDs. Come for the whole weekend or part of the workshop. Click here for more info

And for private farm to table vegetarian, vegan cooking classes, click here for more info

Have a great organic feast

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