Today is the last day of my 10 Day Summer Detox, during which I have taken the time to experiment with a lot of gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. I've had so much fun, and come up with so many new recipes that I can't wait to share with you!
One simple recipe that I found myself using a lot during the detox was my Pumpkin & Hemp Seed Pesto.
I literally add it to almost anything, but my favorite is to use it as a spread/sauce over grilled fish. I also like to mix it in with some plain cooked quinoa, to make a delicious twist on my regular quinoa side-dish. You can throw it on top of some brown rice pasta as well, with an extra drizzle of olive oil and maybe some cherry tomatoes, for an amazing gluten-free pasta dish. This sauce is so versatile, yummy and most importantly, detox-friendly!
Why did I choose to make it with pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds, you may ask?
Pumpkin Seeds are filled with healthy fatty acids (that help lower the bad cholesterol), fiber, iron, magnesium and zinc (among other amazing nutritional benefits).
Also, one thing I particularly love about these seeds -that has me eating them consistently- is that they contribute to hormonal balance, and secretion of serotonin which is SO important for proper sleep.
Hemp Seeds are a recent discovery of mine as a great source of vegetarian protein. These seeds are also recognized for providing an optimal balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. And like the pumpkin seeds, they provide a good punch of fiber and magnesium.
Don’t have access to hemp seeds? Don’t fret! This recipe is just as delicious without them. Omit the hemp seeds and instead add a bit more olive oil (make it ½ cup).
I love to play around with this recipe depending on what spices and seeds/nuts I have on hand. Just this past weekend, I made this pesto with cilantro instead of parsley and arugula, and it worked really well. I've also made it with ¼ cup of cashews instead of the hemp seeds, or the more traditional way, using pine nuts.
Give it a shot! Maybe make your own variation, and please share it!
Love and Pesto,