Sunflower Seed Pesto

August 15, 2013

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.

basil

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!

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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 is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats.   She is a best-selling author who has written several books, including 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.  Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com She is the author of 4 books and the co-founder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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