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Psst, Pass the Pignoli-Free Vegan Pesto Pasta Please!

17 Sep

No pine nuts here. My son says he doesn’t feel well after eating them. So, why not substitute with our go-to sub for anything nutty: sunflower seeds? Also, no olive oil here. I’m using avocados instead.


Pignoli-Free Pesto

Put all the ingredients in a food processor:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds, soaked a couple of hours to soften
  • 2 c mix of basil and spinach leaves, packed in
  • 2 medium small avocados

Blend well until smooth. Add the following to taste:

  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast


The Pasta

Cook 16oz of your choice of pasta. Save some pasta water before draining. Add the pesto to the pasta and mix well. Add pasta water to thin the sauce, only if needed.

Note: Raw Vegans, you can use zucchini or kelp noodles instead.

To Serve

At the table, serve with extra:

  • nutritional yeast or your choice of cheese
  • coarse sea salt


My husband happily eats this Pesto Pasta as is. My son needs more of a cheesy taste. I prefer to sprinkle some coarse sea salt over my pasta and mix it in. The extra salt deepens and enriches the flavors of the Pesto. Enjoy!


Our Hair Tells All… and we eat better because of it

26 Oct
Even if we eat well and exercise regularly, we wanted to know if we are doing a good job at maintaining our health.  Our naturopath suggested we take a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.  It was easy and simple.  We filled in the form, enclosed a bit of hair from the nape of our necks, mailed the test in and in 2 weeks, got our results.  
We discovered that we all needed to increase our Magnesium, Phosphorus, Chromium, Zinc and Iron intakes to ideal levels. I immediately decided to feed my family the minerals our bodies so needed.  So, I came up with our Healthy Vegan Pesto.  When my son looked at it, he said: “YUCK! Green pasta!”  But after the first bite, he said “Yum!” with a surprised smile on his face and ate everything up. 
I love that we use food as medicine!  Here is our Healthy Vegan Pesto packed with minerals.  It makes 2 cups.

Process in the blender and serve with pasta, veggie noodles or raw crackers:
2 cups of lightly packed basil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbspn salt
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (we need vitamin Bs too!)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil