Oil Free Basil Pesto

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First of all, look at that basil! I grew it in these Greenbo planters on my railing.

My friend Cindy helped me plant organic basil seeds only 4 weeks ago. And now I have my very own basil. Next year, I am starting in March!

As for the oil free experiment, oil free pesto is the ultimate test. Is it possible? Yes, but, can it really be called pesto? Maybe not, but it makes a great sauce for pasta, mixed with tomato sauce (Ligurian style pasta sauce), a dip, or an addition to tofu scramble.

I used a zucchini to add some creaminess and it helps the texture. And I kept it basic because the basil is so fresh. But miso or nutritional yeast would be a great addition.

1 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup water
1/2 medium sized zucchini, peeled
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove

Add all ingredients into the food processor and process until combined. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Oil Free Basil Pesto

  1. I’m so excited to try this. I too grow basil and have a ton of it. I was planning on making pesto for the first time so it’s perfect to get this recipe today as I’m going to do this one instead.

  2. I can SMELL it from here–yum! Just curious, Lisa, why no oil? I see that you’ve been making several oil free recipes lately. I know you know tons about this health stuff so I’m curious.

  3. hi kate! i am even more committed to my (our) health and i am a big fan of dr. campbell (the china study) and dr. esselstyn (reverse and prevent heart disease.) they advocate a whole foods, plant based (vegan) diet which means no oil, little to no salt, and no processed sugar. so i decided to experiment. we need fat in our bodies and we can get it eating the whole food – the olives, avocados, walnuts, etc. so why no? and it works! i (we) feel great, i lost a few lbs. and now i know that the food still tastes just as good if not better. it is a challenge for potatoes and for straight up roasting and in some baking recipes but i am committed to finding ways to create new recipes for cake and cookies. does that make sense? xo

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