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May 5, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy

Lemon Basil Pesto

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If you saw my Facebook Live a couple of weeks ago, I showed you how to make what has become a staple in my joyous kitchen. It's a super simple recipe that literally takes just five minutes to make.

Pesto is the perfect partner for a quick pasta dish, but you can also use it as a dip for flatbreads and crackers, as a spread for sandwiches or a sauce for a gluten-free pizza. You can easily personalize this pesto by experimenting with additional ingredients. (I personally adding sundried tomatoes.)

For this recipe, I'm going to keep it fairly classic with a lemon basil pesto. 

No pesto's truly complete without the basil that gives pesto its signature taste. But this herb is more than just tasty, it's also chock-full of health boosting nutrients. Basil's got:

  • blood-building folate and iron;
  • antioxidant, skin health–boosting vitamins A and C;
  • magnesium (nature's mineral chill pill!); and
  • anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

For an extra dose of super healthy plant-based omega-3s, I've used hemp hearts instead of the pine nuts you'll usually find in pesto. I love adding hemp to my recipes. Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds and they're a great way to add blood-sugar balancing healthy fats. You'll find me using hemp hearts in everything from my Vanilla Chai Truffles , to Spicy Hot Chocolate , to Sweet Pea and Mint Dip .