Pesto To Up the Anti-Cancer Ante

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Pestos are easy to make, freeze well, and a great way to bring an added layer of nutrition and flavor to a meal.  We recently looked at some more traditional flavor combinations.  But why limit yourself?  Here are some slightly more unusual offerings.


Parsley Culinary Herb on a Wooden Cutting Board

Parsley Pesto

The range of pesto possibilities is vast.  Parsley is readily available year round.

Parsley Pesto

Basil Parsley Pesto


photo-1470549813517-2fa741d25c92Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro pesto obviously compliments proteins and other Mexican/mediterranean flavor combinations. If you’re a cilantro fan, here are some ideas:

Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Pizza From Bobby Flay 

Cilantro Pesto


screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-10-49-50-amSpinach Pesto

Spinach is much milder than arugula or kale and also makes a wonderful pesto sauce.  You can combine it with stronger flavors or use it as the primary ingredient.

Spinach Basil Pesto from Epicurious

Spinach Basil Pesto

Two Peas and Their Pod Spinach Basil Pesto


MintMint Pesto

Finally, just for some fun and creativity, have you ever considered a mint pesto?  It would be great on a raw pea salad, or with grass fed lamb (if you eat red meat).

Mint Pesto

With almonds and feta:

Mint Pesto from Serious Eats

Basil Mint Pesto



Swiss Chard Pesto

Swiss Chard Pesto with Almonds and Pecorino

Swiss Chard Pesto with Jalapenos, Cilantro, Lime and Pipits




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The other evening I had some thai basil that needed to be used. Pesto came to mind as a way to use up these wonderfully fragrant leaves. Searching the web for ideas, I came across the recipe below. Some of these ingredients may not be familiar to you, but this is one killer pesto if you like a dash of asian in your soup, quinoa, sandwich or pasta!

Thai Basil Pesto




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