August 15, 2013

Sunflower Seed Pesto

What better way to celebrate basil season than to make fresh pesto?  That potent, garlicky sauce is the bedrock of many quick, simple meals.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants!  Pesto contains vitamins A, K, and E, as well as calcium, iron, and essential fatty acids.

The only problem is that unless you happen to have a free or cheap source of them, pine nuts are outrageously expensive.

You can solve that problem using the humble, thrifty sunflower seed. Heck, if you grow sunflowers, you can find pretty much every single ingredient for this in your backyard garden. You may even find that Sunflower Seed Pesto is your new favorite condiment and forget that pine nuts ever even existed in pesto!

Step 1

Coarsely grind 1/3 of a cup of roasted sunflower seeds in a food processor – don’t turn them into powder!  If the seeds are salted that’s okay – just don’t add salt to the pesto.

sunflower seeds

Step 2

Wash 2 cups of fresh basil leaves and then pat them dry gently. Avoid getting too much stem.


Step 3

In the food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and 4-6 cloves of garlic.  Then add  the basil, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup of olive oil and pulse until it is the consistency that you desire.

pesto in food processor

Step 4

Stir pesto into hot pasta for a fresh, frugal meal. You can top it with additional cheese too!

sunflower seed pesto

For more delicious ways to use your basil, click HERE!

Daisy Luther

Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper's Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy's articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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