When my friend Kemetic Yogi lived in Atlanta, he owned a space called the Healing Earth Temple. He grew and shared amazing vegetables from his garden with me - He grew foods like sweet basil, purple basil, long beans, tomatoes and so much more. Some of these foods inspired this dish. This recipe, Pesto Quinoa Pasta Primavera with Lemon Essential Oil, was updated a bit. Here is a lovely pasta salad that I created which incorporates some of these veggies along with lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil adds a brightness to the pesto and the overall dish. This pasta primavera is simple to make. You can make it for lunch, dinner or even make it to bring to a small gathering. This is one of my little offering to you this week. Check out the newsletter for other events coming up this week and I hope that you enjoy.
Pesto Quinoa Pasta Primavera with Lemon and Black Pepper Essential Oils
Ingredients for Pesto
1 Cup of Fresh Purple Basil or Sweet Basil
3 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
1/4 Cup of Almonds
2 Tbs of Nutritional Yeast
1 Tsp of Himalayan Salt
2 Drops of LEMON Essential Oil
Method for Pesto
In a food processor, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy and reserve on the side.
Ingredients for Veggies
1 Red Pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 Small Zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 Carrot, shredded
1 Bunch of Green Beans, cut into thirds
1 Tsp of Black Pepper, Ground
2 Drops of BLACK PEPPER Essential Oil
2 Pinches of Salt
2 Tbs of Olive Oil
Method for Veggies
After veggies are cut into appropriate sized pieces reserve in a bowl. In a medium pan, add olive oil, black pepper and salt. Once oil is heated, add veggies and saute maintaining the crunch but soften veggies slightly.
Making Pasta - Boil pasta until tender then in a bowl combine all ingredients being sure to get pesto on everything cause it is good!
Optional Addition - Finally add fresh spinach, which will wilt slightly but is a wonderful addition to the dish. Plate and then eat!
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