Our pesto recipe was borne out of a desire for green goodness that wouldn't create an allergy hotspot! It's nut and dairy free, but still really tasty, and it's SO simple to make.
You may think herbs are just for flavour, but most of them also contain essential nutrients in concentrated forms which are beneficial to our health.
Basil is a rich source of vitamins A, C and K, along with magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.
Pumpkin seeds are absolutely packed with magnesium, zinc and omega 3s.
They are anti inflammatory (which makes them a better choice than sunflower seeds) and are reputed to be good for both prostate and post menopausal health.
Pesto is a classic Italian recipe that traditionally uses pine kernels (pine nuts) and parmesan cheese. Parmesan is one of the only easily available raw milk cheeses available in UK supermarkets, so if you edge more towards a primal style of diet, this would be an excellent addition to this recipe.
Vegans often use nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavour to dishes. Some consider it paleo whilst others don't, so make your own mind up whether you add it or not. It is considered to be very good for your health, providing B12 plus an impressive 15 minerals and 18 amino acids - one of the best non animal sources of protein. The next time I see a tin I might give it a try, but really this recipe works just fine without the umami hint that comes from the addition of cheese or nutritional yeast flakes.