Pesto is one of the easiest low-carb & paleo condiments you can make at home. It literally takes just a few minutes to prepare and gives an amazing flavour boost to meat dishes, salads or even when used as a dip. All you need is fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley, etc.), nuts like macadamias, almonds or pine nuts (or sunflower seeds if you are allergic to nuts), healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil and seasoning of choice (lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, etc.). Those who can eat dairy should also try adding parmesan cheese! I prefer using soaked & dehydrated nuts (you can read more about the benefits of soaking nuts in this post). Also try:
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Nutritional values (per 2 tbsp, 30 g / 1 oz):
|of which Saturated||2.8||grams|
|Potassium & Magnesium||trace|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2.4%), protein (2.1%), fat (95.5%)
Ingredients (makes 1 medium jar / 1 cup):
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- Wash the basil, peel and mash the garlic, juice and zest the lemon.
- Place the oil, basil, garlic, lemon, macadamia and pine nuts, salt and pepper into a food processor ...
- ... and pulse until smooth. Optionally, add grated parmesan cheese and pulse for a few more seconds.
I used Bamix hand blender with a chopping bowl attachment.
- When done, use immediately or spoon the mixture in a glass jar, top with a bit of olive oil and seal properly with a lid.
Tips for storing:
You can keep your pesto in the fridge for up to a week or two if it's stored properly. It helps to pour a thin layer of olive oil on the top, as it keeps it fresh for longer. If you want to preserve home-made pesto for longer, freeze it in manageable portion sizes by putting it in an ice-cube tray and keep in a plastic bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. Whenever you need to use it, just keep the required portion at room temperature until it melts.