Liver Supporting Pesto

This stuff is packed with health benefits and can easily be made allergy friendly, so nut free, dairy free, gluten free and sesame free. Why does this pesto particularly support the liver? the fresh herbs! Fresh bitter herbs like coriander, dill, basil, parsley, chives, lemon balm, oregano, thyme, tarragon, chervil and mint. You can also add other greens such as rocket (arugula), kale, endive, even some dandelion leaves. These all have properties that support liver metabolism and detoxification, which the liver does all day long!



Pesto is something you can add to so many dishes or enjoy as a dip, mix a 1/2 cup through steamed veggies, or add to salad or bake it on salmon (I tried my hand at making an instagram reel with this option). I have even spread it on a wraps for the kids lunches, when I literally had nothing else, and they still got a nutrient dense snack.


RECIPE

2/3 cups of fresh herbs, try dill and coriander or basil, mint and parsley, play around with different combinations.

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup almonds, swap out for sunflower seeds

1/4 cup hazelnuts, swap out for pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1x clove of garlic, finely chopped (optional)

salt and pepper to taste


Throw all into kitchen processor/blender and blitz to desired texture, keep chunky for dips or to add extra crunch in salads or blend further to add to soups or use as a dressing base with extra olive oil or spread on crackers, the possibilities are endless.


Tips


Add extra garlic for an immune boost

Use anchovy fillets in place of salt to add extra essential fatty acids to your diet


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