Pumpkin Seed, Garlic and Parsley Pesto
Here is a really rich and tasty yet very healthy parsley pesto recipe with pumpkin seeds and garlic. You can use it to add a satisfying flavor to rice and pasta dishes, on chicken or fish, or even on its own spread over pita or flatbread.
Personally, I like the contrast of the stronger flavor of the pumpkin seeds to go with the distinctive parsley taste and powerful garlic. Other nuts like pinenuts or walnuts could easily replace the pumpkin seeds though.
To make the pesto even more intense, I use pumpkin seed oil instead of the usual virgin olive oil. Once again, feel free to replace this with olive oil or the even healthier avocado oil if you don’t have pumpkin seed oil.
Flat leaf parsley seems to work and look better in this pesto and the nutritional content is said to be similar, but I use whichever looks freshest when I get it.