I decided to grow my own herb garden. I have had “light” success with this in the past but given the heat of Dallas weather, I was unsure if the herbs could handle the outdoors. So I decided to try an indoor garden… I did some extensive research on grow lights thanks to Amazon and for the past few weeks, I have been growing healthy herbs indoors. (I did however take the feedback from a friend to delete my browsing history in case Big Brother thought I was trying to grow an herb of the other variety.) I probably also need to invite my neighbors over at some point since that glowing light coming from my kitchen 12 hours a day good be suspicious.
Anyways, with my abundance of fresh basil, I decided to make a twist on pesto with my Cuisinart SmartStick® Hand Blender. The pesto was super easy to make…all I had to was put all the ingredients in a mason jar and whirl up. Since I didn’t have pinenuts, I used toasted pumpkin seeds. I also decided to add arugula for an added peppery bite. To keep it healthy, I added the pesto to sautéed zucchini noodles, and it turned out be a great dinner! Enjoy!
Serve with zucchini noodle pasta and organic cherry tomatoes!
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The results are delicious!
- 2 tbs toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 of olive oil
- 3 oz of parmesan cheese
- handful of fresh basil
- handful of fresh arugula
- 1 clove of garlic
- squeeze of 1 lemon
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper
- Place all ingredients in a mason jar.
- Start the Immersion blender on low for 10 seconds and then move to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Depending on the thickness of the pesto, loosen with 1-2 tbs of water.
- Can be stored in the mason jar for about 2 days.