Basil and Sunflower Pesto

Spanish Black Beans with Buckwheat

This delicious and nutritious nut free pesto is a great addition to pastas and school lunch boxes.

Cooked and cooled pasta is a good source of resistant starch which is good for gut health. Try cooking with pasta and enjoying as a salad the next day to help improve the bacteria in your gut.

PREP TIME: 5 mins
TOTAL TIME: 5 mins


  •  2 Cups basil, fresh
  •  1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
  •  1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  •  1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  •  1 Clove garlic, crushed
  •  1 Tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed


1. Place all ingredients in to a food processor and mix well
2. Spoon 2 Tbsp. through 500g cooked pasta, or to taste
3. Place the remaining pesto in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week
Nutrition Facts

Servings:  20

Amount Per Serving
Calories 74
Total Fat 7.47g12%
Saturated Fat 1.61g9%
Sodium 0.42mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 0.15g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.03g1%
Sugars 47.79g
Protein 1.73g4%

Vitamin A 6.01%
Vitamin C 7.67%
Calcium 5.08%
Iron 1.00%
Vitamin B12 8.25%
Iodine 0.90%
Magnesium 2.46%
Zinc 14.88%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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