Pesto in autumn, I hear you ask? Thanks to my container gardening course last spring, (see Container Gardening – 8 Edible Plants To Grown Indoors) I’ve managed to grow basil indoors, and it has been thriving up until now! What else better to do with the last basil leaves of the season than to make a pesto? This Protein Packed Hemp Seed Pesto offers more protein than your standard pesto, and also uses cost effective walnuts in place of pine nuts. But the real twists lies in what makes this vegan version just as tasty, if not more, than it’s parmesan counterpart.
“Umami is the known as the fifth taste, after bitter, sweet, sour and salty. It can be found in high amounts in parmesan, miso, gravy, mushrooms and tomatoes. The taste is often described as ‘pleasant savoury taste’.”
Miso is a great alternative to parmesan cheese because it also offers that distinct umami taste. Miso is made from fermented soy beans and various grains and can enhance the nutritional profile of any dish. Other dishes where miso is substituted as the main umami contributor include miso gravy and various soup broths. If basil is out of season, try using spinach or kale (See Kale Pesto on Whole Wheat Pizza for a simple way to use kale in a pesto). You can even add about 1/2 cup of water to this recipe and use it as a salad dressing or as a dressing for roasted vegetables.
Recipe for Protein Packed Hemp Seed Vegan Pesto
Recipe by: Rachel
Makes: Serves 4
Time to Finish: 10 minutes
Ingredients for Protein Packed Hemp Seed Vegan Pesto
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves, washed
1 tbsp. organic white miso
1 tbsp. hemp seeds AKA hemp hearts
1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1.5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
sea salt to taste
50g of dry pasta for each person, or any other starch of your choice
Method for Protein Packed Hemp Seed Vegan Pesto
Combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend to combine. I pureed mine for less than 30 seconds. Serve on pasta, quinoa or as a sandwich spread.
Nutrition Information for Protein Packed Hemp Seed Vegan Pesto
Calories 70 cal
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