The Great PESTO Post!

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Presto Pesto!

Pesto like it’s 1999!

The “Process” of Becoming Straaaaaange!

Strange But Good S2TT

Hey, it’s Friday…you HAD to know the #strangebutgood was happening!

On Tuesday, I woke up only five shorrrrrt hours after snuggling my head into my perfectly formed memory foam pillow. Try as I might to go back to sleep, the longer I laid there, the harder that pillow got, the louder the dogs outside barked, and THEN I started thinking about all that basil my coworker gave me earlier this week and what the heck I was going to do with it! After nearly an hour, it became apparent…sleep was not in my future.

But creamy basil-y deliciousness WAS!

After reading through all the comments on Monday’s post, it was easy for me to decide what pesto recipe to make first…you know, since you guys all left me hanging! 😉 Luckily, Lena saved the day by linking me to her own recipe for traditional pesto!

Traditional Pesto Food Processor

In the food processor went basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, a little less olive oil than her recipe called for annnnnnnd some last thought, lemon juice!

Traditional Basil Pesto with Lemon from Kiss My BroccoliI’m not typically a fan of the grittiness of pestos with cheese so I was happy to see that the lemon juice was the perfect addition to help break it down a little more…and it let me use less oil and still have a nice creamy consistency!

Traditional Basil Pesto with Lemon

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Adapted from: Lena’s Traditional Pesto
Prep Time:
5-10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: food processor appetizer dip/spread vegetarian basil cheese

Ingredients (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (from a jar)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts (Toast them first for added flavor!)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

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After that, I decided to FINALLY try out Kirsten’s recipe that Meghan is always raving about, but since I just can’t seem to leave well enough alone, I again, took the liberty of putting a little strange spin on it! 😉

Vegan Pizza Pesto Food Processor

Just a little bit of nutritional yeast added to the mix (I swear its in there somewhere) made this baby go from “Whoa!” to, “Holy MAMA!! Liquid PIZZA!”

Vegan Pizza Pesto from Kiss My BroccoliSo you know, if you ever have your wisdom teeth out and are seeeeeeeeeriously craving a big ol’ pie, you know what to do! 😉

Vegan Pizza Pesto Sauce

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Adapted from: Kirsten’s Fresh Tomato Pesto Sauce
Prep Time:
5-10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: raw food processor dip/spread appetizer dairy-free vegan vegetarian basil tomatoes nutritional yeast summer

Ingredients (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

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And THAT’S when the pesto party REALLY began! Speaking of wisdom teeth, Sarah posted an Apple Ginger Lemon Pesto last year that I absolutely died over! I remember how badly I wanted to make it…and then how sad I was when I let not one but TWO packages of basil go bad in the fridge while I kept forgetting. Well, it was time for me to redeem myself…

Sweet & Spicy Apple Ginger Pesto

But can you believe those sneaky little cashews jumped in when I wasn’t looking? After that, things got a little craaaaaaaaazy!

Applesauce, nutritional yeast, cashews, ginger garlic paste, pepper honey, and some kale (why not?) all went in the food processor with a squeeze of lemon and a little prayer…

Sweet & Spicy Apple Ginger Pesto from Kiss My Broccoli

And out came something so amazing that I can’t quite think of a word for it!

Presto PESTO magic? 😉

Sweet & Spicy Apple Ginger Pesto

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Adapted from: Sarah’s Apple Lemon Ginger Pesto

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: raw food processor dip/spread appetizer dairy-free vegan vegetarian basil apple sauce nutritional yeast #strangebutgood summer

Ingredients (1 3/4 cups)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups steamed kale (or spinach)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons hot pepper honey (or regular honey + 1/8 teaspoon cayenne)
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger garlic paste (or 1/2 Tablespoon each minced ginger and minced garlic)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

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So just when you think that combining weird foodie powers would be the height of my strangeness, the basil love continues! I just HAD to make one of my very own…something a little different…something I’ve been thinking about since that GLORIOUS grilled cheese

Blueberry Pesto from Kiss My Broccoli

Blueberry Basil Pesto, anyone?

Wait a minute…I’m not done yet! 😉

Blueberry Avocado Pesto Food Processor

After a little taste test, I thought the flavor was perfect, but the consistency was just…off. It needed something, but I wasn’t sure what…until I spied a perfect little avocado in the fridge! It really helped thicken it up and omg, it made it taste so BUTTERY!

Blueberry Avocado Pesto

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: raw food processor appetizer spread dairy-free nut-free vegan vegetarian avocado basil blueberries #strangebutgood summer

Ingredients (1 cup)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or thawed from frozen)
  • 1/2 medium-sized avocado
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from a jar)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

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Blueberry Avocado Pesto from Kiss My Broccoli

I only wished the color would’ve come out a bit more attractive…but I took care of that too! No shame in admitting to polishing up an avocado pit to work as a bit of distraction for ya! I mean LOOK at it…it’s GORGEOUS!

Blueberry Avocado Pesto via Kiss My Broccoli

Beauty and the beast pesto…peasto?

Damn, I should’ve put peas in it! 😉

Alright, so who’s coming over to party? I’ve got plenty!

Pesto Party!

 It’s BYOC (bring your own carbs!) and oh, if you show up early, I might even share a few of the party favors I made…

Basil HairWhat?!

What’s your favorite carb…aka vehicle for shoving pesto and other delicious spreadables in your face!?

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