Try this divine, nutrient-rich, high-protein version of the classic pesto. Walnuts contain a powerful antioxidant called melatonin, which promotes restful sleep. The nut is also rich in gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that helps fight breast, prostate and lung cancers. Freeze in ice cube trays or store in a jar so it’s ready to use. It tastes great on fresh bread or pasta.
Makes 12 servings. Total preparation time: 5 minutes.
1. Place all the ingredients except water in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times. Scrape the sides of the container and slowly add water until the mix reaches a slightly loose consistency. Add water until desired consistency is reached. Store in refrigerator for up to seven days.
Per serving: 282 calories, 6g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 46mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 13mg potassium, 27g total carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber, 27g protein
1 1⁄4 cups spinach leaves, packed and stemmed
We realize that you may not always have the time to cook meals from scratch, and that a quick and easy substitution may be needed. We always recommend cooking the real thing, but in a pinch you can try this instead:
Buy organic pre-made pesto, preferably without cheese. In food processor or blender, add spinach and walnuts. Pulse until desired consistency is uniform then add to pre-made pesto. Enjoy!