Series Intro: Using Common Weeds to Promote Health | Weed 1: Stinging Nettle | Stinging Nettle Frittata Recipe | Weed 2: Lamb’s Quarters | Lamb’s Quarters Pesto Recipe
Pesto is probably one of my favorite foods on the planet. Some people may write it off as a condiment, but I’m going to go ahead and give it the full credit it deserves by calling it a food. After all, this recipe is especially nourishing, as the main ingredient of lambs quarters has been said to be one of the two most nutritious plants in the world (source).
So let’s dive right in, shall we?
- 1.) 1 cup lambs quarters leaves
- 2.) 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 3.) 1/3 cup walnuts
- (Note: the classic version of pesto uses pine nuts; I choose walnuts because they're much less pricey!)
- 4.) 1/2 cup olive oil
- 5.) 2-3 cloves garlic
- 6.) 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (not pictured)
- 7.) Salt & pepper, to taste (not pictured)
- 1.) Put all cleaned & prepped ingredients into the food processor
- 2.) Process! Grate! Blend! Whatever you want to call that action of the processor doing its thing :)
- 3.) Store in glass jar in fridge for 1 week or freezer for 6-8 months
- Yields 8 oz.
1.) 1 cup lambs quarters leaves
2.) 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
3.) 1/3 cup walnuts
(Note: the classic version of pesto uses pine nuts; I choose walnuts because they’re much less pricey!)
4.) 1/2 cup olive oil
5.) 2-3 cloves garlic
6.) 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (not pictured)
7.) Salt & pepper, to taste (not pictured)
1.) Put all cleaned & prepped ingredients into the food processor
2.) Process! Grate! Blend! Whatever you want to call that action of the processor doing its thing :)
While you’re waiting for it all to mix together well, take a step back and admire your kitchen and the beauty of this moment :)
That’s it! Once you have your pesto all mixed up, you can add it to your favorite dish. I like to enjoy it with quinoa with some veggies – or just plain – for a delicious summer dinner.
Here are some other ways you can enjoy pesto:
- Mix it with rice
- Use it as a dip with veggies
- Spread it on a sandwich
- Mix it into soups or salads
- Use it as a pizza sauce
If you’re not eating it right away, feel free to store it in a glass jar either in the freezer (will last about 6-8 months) or refrigerator (will keep about 1 week).
Have you tried lambs quarters pesto? How do you like it?
What are some other ways you like to use pesto?
Share in the comments below!