Mineral Rich Nettles Pesto was originally posted on Andrea Beaman.
Rather than taking a mineral supplement and protein powder, you can get a BIG hit of nutrition by eating stinging nettles. Considered a weedy invasive plant by the US Forest Service, stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) is highly nutritious with a high protein and amino acid profile that is nutritionally superior to alfalfa, as well as many other plants.
Mineral Rich Nettles Pesto
- 3 cups fresh nettles or 1 cup dried nettles soaked in 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup Parsley rinsed
- 3-4 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice plus 1 tsp. zest
- 1/2 cup parmesan grated optional
- 1/2 tsp real sea salt
- If you are using fresh nettles, blanch quickly in hot salted water. If using dried nettles, soak overnight in room temperature water (or 6-8 hours). Drain excess water.
- Add nettles, parsley, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan and sea salt.
- Pulse until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the pesto on top of sourdough toast, crackers, fish, chicken, or pasta. Or you can use it as a dip for your next veggie crudite. Any way you decide to eat it, it’ll surely give you the protein and mineral boost you need.
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