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SUPERFOOD PESTO

This time of year, I try put an extra focus into Immune Boosting Foods that help nourish and support my immune system. This is a delicious recipe for  Superfood Pesto created by Caroline Beaumaris who was one of the winners from my Healthy Chef Wellness Competition. I loved its simplicity and the fact that this pesto was so versatile allowing me to incorporate it into  so many of my healthy  recipes.

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:

The broccoli is full of alkalinising, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer  phytonutrients called sulforaphane that work to support optimum health and protect against disease. It’s a true superfood rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, E and CoQ10. Broccoli is also a wonderful source of B group vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and manganese. Herbs such as fresh parsley and basil are full of superfood goodness that are anti-inflammatory to the body.

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ingredients (Makes 1 jar)

1 head broccoli
1 large bunch basil
1 bunch parsley
Generous handful baby spinach leaves
1 lemon
handful pumpkin seeds or your choice (raw sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts or macadamia nuts)
60 g Parmesan – grated - optional but Delicious !
1 clove garlic, smashed
generous pinch sea salt
generous pinch ground black pepper
4 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil or a lovely lemon scented olive oil

method

  1. Chop broccoli roughly and place into your food processor for a few seconds until it is finely chopped.
  2. Add basil, parsley and spinach and process again until finally chopped and mixed in with the broccoli.
  3. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon, Parmesan, garlic and pumpkin seeds.
  4. Season with sea salt and pepper the process again until combined and finely chopped.
  5. Add olive oil and give your superfood pesto one last wiz.
  6. Taste and adjust the flavours adding more lemon, salt or pepper if required.
  7. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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