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.
If your bones are feeling achy and in need of some protein and minerals, it’s time to eat some of the weeds that are growing near you (probably in your very own backyard!). Nettles generally grows in the spring and in the fall. There are many ways to prepare this invasive plant to make it taste totally delicious.You can dry it and drink it as a tea, or you can sauté it with garlic and oil and eat is as you would any dark leafy green.
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.