So, when they showed up this week in my CSA box, I was beyond thrilled.
The recipe is simple.
With three little ingredients.
But one of those ingredients is parmesan cheese.
Cheese. Oh, yes. I'm onto a new food venture. Omitting dairy from my diet. I've tired a lot of things over the years, I know. And you've been there for them all. There was the ice addiction. (I kicked the ice eating habit and started taking iron pills.) There was the green smoothie challenge in May '10. (I've been drinking a green smoothie 4-5 days a week ever since.) Then there was the gluten-free attempt where I went gluten free for 3 months to try to help my excema. (It did help, and I still watch my gluten but am not gluten free.) I tried going fully raw. (That lasted for 3 days. I like some of my food hot.) And now, now I am attempting to eliminate dairy from my diet. Why? Well, I have read a lot of studies about dairy. And the one that really caught my eye and made me get serious about giving it up was that without it, it can help eliminate asthma symptoms. (There goes my friend Michelle's eye rolling.) I have been an asthmatic my entire life, so I figured why not give it a try. To be free of my inhalers would be a dream. (I may just prove you wrong, Michelle. :) )
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (You just have to get over the name.)
1 tsp salt
7-8 garlic scapes
1 cup parmesan cheese (The real stuff or the cashew parmesan above.)
3/4 cup good olive oil
Put all ingredients in a food processor and let it do it's thing.
You can use the pesto as a dip, or tossed with your favorite pasta, or with your zuchinni noodles, or as a spread on a sandwich. I made hummus and threw in a big spoonful instead of the garlic. Yumm.
Enjoy your weekend and your yarn!