I have a new, excitingly simple recipe for you: it's sage pesto! Yummaaay.
Now that Summer is coming to an end, we all want to be looking a lil' more after ourselves again, eh? If you want to protect yourself from those bacteria and viruses that the colder seasons bring along, sage is your new best friend. Sage contains a wide array of health promoting micronutrients like flavonoids, rosmarinic acid and enzymes that render sage its powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Sage is often used to help reduce swelling and inflammation, especially of the respiratory tract.
Also: did you know that sage enhances memory and concentration? In a 2003 scientific study, researchers found that sage contains active compounds that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases like stroke and dementia.
So what you waiting for? If you have a sage bush in your garden, or someone you know has one, go on and pick a couple handfuls of this beautiful herb. Sage bushes grow like crazy and almost all year round, so it won't mind if you go and harvest some of its leaves!
You'll be amazed by the lovely aromatic taste of this special pesto, it's such an awesome alternative for your classic basil pesto :)
SIMPLE vegan SAGE PESTO
A (hand) blender or kitchen robot.
- 1 cup of sage leaves
- 1/2 tsp raw sea salt (or more, to taste)
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp yeast flakes (optional)
- juice of 1/2 small lemon
Combine all ingredients in a (hand) blender or kitchen robot and blend until a pesto-like consistency is achieved. You'll want to use a small container/ blender for this, cause it's a small amount we're making here.
You can serve this pesto with gluten-free noodles and some fresh rocket, cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and some fresh onion slices.
Other ways to enjoy sage pesto: as a soup topping, over grilled vegetables like courgette or bell pepper, with steamed potatoes or baked pumpkin, in a risotto, mixed with tomato sauce, as a salad dressing...
So what did you think of this recipe, did you like it? How did you enjoy this pesto? I'd love to hear about your kitchen experiments!