Wild Garlic Pesto with Hemp Seeds

Wild Garlic Pesto With Hemp Seeds (Vegan)

Even though I really enjoyed winter (like I posted here and here), I’m so happy that spring came early this year! Since two weeks we’ve had the most wonderful weather with chilly mornings and warm afternoons. And while walking through the forest, I noticed that it is already full with wild garlic.

On Wednesday I went to collect some and had a productive morning in the kitchen. I added some of the leaves to a whole wheat bread – it smelled amazing when I baked it! And then I also made wild garlic pesto, which was the first time I ever made pesto. If I knew how easy peasy it is to make, I would have made it much sooner! And did I say how delicious this stuff is? I’m hooked!

 

Wild Garlic Pesto with Hemp Seeds

Wild Garlic Pesto with Hemp Seeds

 

This pesto gotta be a real health bomb! Wild garlic is antibacterial, antibiotic and lowers the blood pressure (even more than garlic) and I also added hemp and sunflower seeds which are a great sources of protein, omega 3 & 6 fats, Vitamin E, antioxidants, calcium, iron, and zinc (just to name a few). Add to that all the good properties of cold pressed organic olive oil and nutritional yeast and voila… a jar full of goodness!

 

A jar of goodness :)

A jar of goodness :)

 

You could eat it on a sandwich or the traditional way, with pasta. Yesterday the lovely Eva aka Four Leaf Clover * came for a visit and we had the pesto with whole grain spaghetti, topped with a mix of tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. Mmmm… so flavorful! Eva even did a little happy dance, haha! Best. compliment. :-)

 

Spaghetti with wild garlic pesto

Spaghetti with wild garlic pesto

 

* If you don’t know Eva’s blog yet, you should definitely check it out. You’ll find loads of inspiring articles about green and happy living there.  It’s one of my favorites and I’m glad to have finally met her in person too!

 

Update:

I just added this pesto to a portobello mushroom burger and it was delicious too!

 

Portobello mushroom burger

Portobello mushroom burger

 


 

Wild Garlic Pesto With Hemp

(makes two small jars and about 6 portions)

  • 70g wild garlic
  • 100g or 3/4 cup hemp seeds (peeled)
  • 70g or 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (peeled)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (20g)
  • 100g or 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

 

In a small pan, roast the hemp and sunflower seeds a little until slightly golden.

 

Roasted seeds

Roasted seeds

 

Add all the ingredients in a mixer and pulse until everything is finely chopped.

 

Mix it!

Mix it!

 

Now fill the pesto in clean jars, leaving a little space to cover the pesto with olive oil. Then close tightly.

When using it for pasta, I suggest to add a little more olive oil.

 


2 Comments

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover

    22.03.2015 at 20:06 Reply

    Thank you so much for the shout-out! And for sharing this amazing meal with me… I’m very grateful to have spent the day with you and for the wonderful food you made! To all those reading this comment and considering making this… I highly recommend it, I don’t do a happy food dance all that often! ;) I’m going to head out to the forest and gather wild garlic and recreate this meal myself :)

    • Greenderella

      23.03.2015 at 15:47 Reply

      Yay, I’m so glad you liked the food and that you want to recreate it! :-)

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