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Food and Recipe of the Month: Basil Pesto

Basil – the famous herb which is likely in everyone’s vegetable garden in the summertime. Basil is known for its fresh and flavourful taste, and is popular in many recipes in Italian and Thai cuisine. The two most common variaties of basil are Genovese basil and Thai basil, however there are well over 15 types. Basil is rich in many vitamins and minerals that can greatly benefit our health. It contains antioxidants, including chlorophyll, giving it that bright green colour. Antioxidants are able to fight free-radical damage, and reduce the risk of cancer cells and diseases from forming. Basil also contains essential oils, which are anti-inflammatory, so it may be beneficial for those with arthritis, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes. Its anti-inflammatory properties may also be helpful for those who experience headaches, poor digestion, or acid reflux. Not only does it contain these powerful nutrients, but it can also be used as a flavour enhancer in cooking, replacing added sugar or salt. Therefore, using basil in your cooking can reduce the amount of unnecessary additional seasoning. Basil can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, soups, sauces, and tea. It’s most popular use is in pesto,… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Garlic Chives

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… Read More


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Pistachio Pesto

Care of Ashley Sauve of The Vegan Chef Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 cups unsalted, shelled pistachios 1 cup chopped tomato 2 cloves garlic 1 cup basil leaves ½ cup nutritional yeast pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons olive oil (or more) salt and pepper to taste 1 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced Directions 1. Pulse pistachios, tomato, garlic cloves, basil, nutritional yeast and red pepper flakes in a food processor until a coarse purée forms. 2. Transfer to a bowl; stir in olive oil to form a thick, chunky sauce. Add more if needed until desired consistency is achieved. 3. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Garnish with sundried tomatoes and serve with zucchini noodles or pasta. Read More


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