Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com 

As the Spring weather approaches so does our excitement for fresh produce. Spring herbs like garlic chives are not only a nice fresh and flavourful treat after a long, cold, root vegetable-laden winter, but they are also beneficial to us health wise.

Garlic chives are abundant in folate, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, iron, and the antioxidant rich vitamins A and C. Aside from being nutrient dense, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases at bay.

It is the perfect time of year to clear out the proverbial old cobwebs and that goes for our eating habits as well. Introduce more flavourful plant-based ingredients into your regular diet in lieu of added fat, salt, and sugar, and you will be certain to put a little more spring into your step this Spring.

Chive and macadamia nut pesto

Makes 6 servings (2 tsp/serving)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bunch chives (approximately 30g)

½ cup macadamia nuts

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

In a food processor, add all ingredients and process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Store in a small air tight container in the fridge if using within 3 days, or in the freezer for future use.

DIY Pesto is great for quick cold pastas, soups and/or sandwiches is something you will always want to have on hand. It can be made far in advance and stored for immediate use in the fridge or frozen for future enjoyment.   It is also an amazing way to utilize all those new spring herbs that are on hand. Not only that, using fresh and flavourful herbs in our meals reduces our tendency to reach for the salt shaker.