Pete’s Spinach Pesto

Pete's Spinach Pesto
I love pesto, but I don't always make it because the ingredients can be pricy (why do pine nuts cost so much?!). But this pesto recipe fits nicely into my budget, not to mention that it's delicious. Substituting sunflower seeds for pine nuts, and spinach for basil. This not only lowers the cost, but raises the nutritional content. A special thank you to Pete for passing on this recipe to me, I'll be making this one again and again.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 2 cups of Spinach
  • ⅓ cup of Sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  1. Add Spinach, Sunflower seeds, Parmesan Cheese, and Garlic to a food processor.
  2. While processing add olive oil until desired consistency.
We know that Spinach can make you strong from Popeye, but did you also know it is awesome for brain health as well. Spinach is high in Folate, which reduces inflammation that could harm brain function. It contains lots of B Vitamins, which helps to enhance memory. And it also contains L-Tyrosine, an amino acid that helps to improve focus.

Sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin E which acts as an anti-inflmatory and supports the cardiovascular system. Sunflower seeds also contains a good amount a magnesium which helps to calm the nervous system and ease muscle tension.

Raw garlic is antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflamatory. It pretty much does it all! Eating pesto is a great way to get in all the healthy benefits of raw garlic.

And while parmesan cheese is still dairy and you don’t want to consume too much of it, there is actually some health component to this tasty ingredient. In Chinese medicine Parmesan helps to circulate Qi and break up stagnant energy which can help alleviate feelings of stress and anger.