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Basil, Lime and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Basil, Lime and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

As much as we all may love traditional pesto, it is fun to switch it up a bit. This terrific recipe highlights basil’s fresh flavor with rich, nutty pumpkin seeds and zingy lime—a nice change of pace! Basil, Lime and Pumpkin Seed Pesto is packed with nutrition and fiber, and is so complete it doesn’t even require the tried and true Parmesan cheese!

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup basil, packed
4 tablespoons lime juice
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Lightly toast pumpkin seeds and grind unil they stick to the walls of the food processor. Add the remaining ingredients. Add more olive oil or lime juice to thin if necessary.

Makes 1 cup.

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Adapted from Tassajara Cookbook, by Karla Oliveira (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2007).

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9:52AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


6:50AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.:)

6:26AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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8:46PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

This looks and sounds so good and refreshing. Thanks you

5:07AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

good combi

1:53AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thank you :)

9:54PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thank you!

3:51PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Sounds delicious. Thanks!

5:05AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012


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