Arugula Pesto

Arugala pesto

Arugula Pesto

1-1/2-2c fresh arugala, lightly packed

1/4c fresh basil

1/3c raw pine nuts, sprouted- omit if not available

2T sweet mellow white miso

3T nutritional Yeast

1/3-1/2c extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper

In a blender, add all of the ingredients. Blend until smooth or to desired consistency adding more oil of needed.

Adjust the seasoning adding more salt, pepper or lemon juice if desired.



Pine Nut Basil Pesto

Basil pine nut pesto

Pesto is a sure sign summer is here, with it’s fresh beautiful taste. Basil also has a whole host of healing properties including anti-bactieral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging as it is filled with antioxidants…..Good news for all of us, and as easy as Pesto! I picked this beautiful bag of basil up yesterday at the local farmer’s market and whipped up this fabulous easy pesto. I ate it over brown rice penne, and I honestly don’t know how it could have been improved upon. #nocheese #noneed

Pine Nut Basil Pesto

1-1/2-2c fresh basil, lightly packed

1/3c raw pine nuts, sprouted if possible

2T sweet mellow white miso

2T nutritional Yeast

1/2c extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

½ lemon, juiced

2t brown rice vinegar

Salt and pepper

In a blender, add the basil, oil, garlic, vinegar, lemon and miso. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust the seasoning adding more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed. Pour out into an airtight container- keep in the fridge. Can easily be frozen.

Fresh Tomato Soup

*fresh tomato soup

Amazing soup. JUST AMAZING. If the tomatoes are not sweet on their own, add a bit of sweetness with your favorite sweetener. I used Thai Basil to flavor this soup, being a fresh soup, any fresh herbs would be superbly paired against a late summer, early fall tomato; cilantro, italian basil, rosemary, thyme, etc. Serve with some crusty bread and a large leafy green salad this makes for an exceptional simple and satisfying meal.

Summer Tomato Soup

*Supa Fresca*

3c chopped fresh tomatoes

1 one onion, medium dice

3t extra virgin olive oil

2t raw agave or maple syrup

½ fresh jalapeno or cherry bomb pepper, small dice

1/4t fresh black pepper

1/2t pink salt

3c water

2T fresh basil

1 veggie bouillon or replace the water with veggie broth

Heat up a soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and the chopped onions. Sautee until they are just golden. Add the fresh jalapeno, salt and pepper and toss around in the pan for a minute or so before adding the fresh tomatoes. Cover with the water (or broth) and bring to a boil over medium heat- about 10 minutes or so. Puree and add in the fresh basil, adjust seasonings and serve. YUM!

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous. Fill the blender only half way and proceed in batches if necessary.

Thai Basil Pesto

*Thai basil pestoThis is not your every day pesto…this pesto is slightly more badass- it could be I am bias seeing as my Thai basil plant took off and my Genovese basil did not….Still, this is a twist between an asian nut sauce, a hoisin sauce and a traditional pesto- are you feeling what I am saying? It’s raw, slightly sweet and dark in flavor, and the ingredients are straight forward- you could even use other kinds of basil and it would still be fantastic.  I made it today in less than 15 minutes. I can use it as a sauce for cold noodles, hot noodles, a dipping sauce for grilled tofu, or a spread on a grilled tofu sandwich. I am thinking that I will most likely have this over noodles tonight or in fresh rolls tomorrow! YUM.

Thai Basil Pesto

2c fresh Thai basil, lightly packed

1/3c raw sprouted almonds

2T brown rice miso or another dark miso

2T extra virgin olive oil

1 cloves garlic*opt

½ lemon juiced

1 1/2T Raw agave, 5 deglet dates, or raw local honey

1t ume vinegar

½ fresh jalapeno or chili pepper

2t hot toasted sesame oil

1/4c unrefined toasted sesame oil

Salt and pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

Water if needed

Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and process.Blend until smooth and creamy; add the water for desired consistency- up to a 1/4c. Adjust the seasonings to taste (sweeter, saltier etc) to desired final result. Excellent for use in fresh rice rolls, on grilled or broiled tofu, on sandwiches, over soba or your favorite pasta. Delicious!

Thai Basil Soba with Grilled Tofu and Fresh Baby Spinach
Thai Basil Soba with Grilled Tofu and Fresh Baby Spinach