Easy Paleo Pesto


Easy Paleo Pesto - Basil Avocado Pesto (Vegan, Paleo, Whole30)

Ready to up-level your health and dining experience in under 10 minutes?! This easy paleo pesto is dairy-free, gut friendly, packed with nutrients, and AMAZING over just about anything:

  • Pesto zucchini noodles with grilled chicken

  • Breakfast omelet with a drizzle of pesto.

  • Serve as an appetizer dip with raw veggies, or just straight up with a spoon!

  • Pesto Pizza: One of my all-time favorite ways to enjoy this pesto is on top of cauliflower pizza crust with Kite Hill almond cream cheese (available at Whole Foods), and Roma tomatoes roasted in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. To save time, you can buy pre-made frozen cauliflower pizza crust online at califlourfoods.com.

[Perfect for a Mardi Gras appetizer or Valentine’s day dinner!]

Cooking Tips

Simple Swap [Basil Essential Oil] Buying large quantities of fresh basil can be expensive and difficult to find depending on the season. For convenience, enhanced flavor, and massive health benefits, swap to basil essential oil. It only takes one drop! Basil essential oil has a wide variety of healing benefits. Basil oil is rich with a naturally occurring chemical, linalool, which has the unique ability to help relax the mind and body. The linalool found in the basil plant and basil essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of tension and sadness when ingested or applied to the temples. It can also be diffused to help promote a sense of mental alertness and reduce anxious feelings. Keep a bottle of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Basil Essential oil in your spice cabinet, study area, office, or travel bag to always have its healing properties at your fingertips.

Be Mindful

When buying essential oils, it is crucial to make sure that you are receiving oils that are pure, potent, and safe to ingest. Many oils available to purchase today are filled with additives and contaminants, which significantly reduce the effectivity of the essential oil and can be toxic to the body. I recommend Doterra Essential oils which are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

There are so many ways to incorporate essential oils to support your health and detox your life. If you are interested in up-leveling your health routine, set up a free wellness consult with health coach, Ellie Rome! Contact Ellie at mindfulbellie@gmail.com or 281-384-2287.

BASIL AVOCADO PESTO RECIPE

Time: 10 min or less

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh spinach

  • 1-2 drops DoTerra Basil Essential Oil or 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced or fresh)

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup pecans, pistachios, or pine nuts (optional)

[For a creamy veggie dip- option to add 1 can of full fat coconut cream.]

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place spinach, garlic, nuts, basil (oil or leaves), and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and process until finely chopped.

  2. Add Avocado and Extra Virgin Olive oil. Blend

  3. Use right away or transfer to a jar, cover with thin layer of olive oil to store in a refrigerator (keep avocado seed for storage and extra lemon juice to keep fresh)

  4. To freeze the pesto, put the pesto into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid, then transfer cubes to a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

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