Lemon Basil Pesto (Vegan & Gluten Free)

September 12, 2016

A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest! DIY | Healthy Recipes | Herbs

As summer winds down, I’ve been busy, busy, busy preserving some of the beautiful harvest from our garden. During the months of August and September, you can find me in the kitchen canning, freezing and dehydrating as much as I can!

This year was a stellar year for tomatoes.  Even some of the heavy wooden stakes my husband put in to support the tomato plants cracked and fell over with the heavy weight of all those gorgeous tomatoes.  I’ve been canning loads of Roasted Garlic & Tomato Marinara Sauce and salsa.  As you can image, the house smells absolutely delicious!

Another thing I’ve been making a lot of is Lemon Basil Pesto.  My kids are absolutely obsessed with it!   If there isn’t a constant jar in the fridge, they start complaining!

 

 

Preserving can be a lot of hard work, but absolutely worth it for me!  I stare proudly into my stocked pantry at the end of the growing season and call my family over to admire it all!  “Look at all this beautiful food, kids!  We did ALL this!”   Yes, I seriously do this!  haha   It feels really good to be self-sufficient in this way!

 

A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest!

 

The Lemon Basil Pesto I’m sharing with you today is a recipe we use fresh all summer long.  It’s also a recipe I use when I want to freeze pesto for recipes over the winter.  If you’ve never tried freezing your own pesto, you must try it!   There’s nothing better than the fresh taste of summer during the dreary days of winter!

I’ve already mentioned my big love for lemon basil, but you can also make this with your regular, sweet basil if you add a bit of fresh lemon juice.

 A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest!

 

A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest!

 

 How to Use Lemon Basil Pesto

There are sooo many ways to use your fresh or frozen basil.  Don’t limit yourself to just using it over pasta!

 

  • over pasta

  • over zucchini noodles (hot or cold)

  • in kale salad (massage the pesto into your kale, add veggies and you have yourself a delicious and healthy salad!)

  • tossed with steamed baby potatoes

  • tossed with steamed or grilled vegetables

  • as a dip for crackers or vegetables

  • in sandwiches (replace your mayo with pesto)

  • in quesadillas or grilled cheese

  • spread on toast or bread (better yet, make avocado & pesto toast!)

  • as a topping for Quick & Easy Cashew Cheese (it’s so good this way!)

  • as the dressing in a pasta or vegetable salad

  • add a dollop to your pasta sauce or tomato based soup

 

Read more about Lemon Basil here.

 

A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest!

 

 

 

Lemon Basil Pesto (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups fresh lemon basil, packed & large stems removed  or sweet basil plus the juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 1 tbsp)

  • 2 large garlic cloves

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

  • 1/4 -1/2 cup olive oil (this depends on how you’ll be using it.  I use less olive oil if using it as a spread)

  • 1/8 cup nutritional yeast (new to nutritional yeast?  You can read more about it here.)

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Instructions: 

In a food processor, process the basil, garlic, nuts, nutritional yeast and sea salt until coarsely chopped. Add olive oil and pulse until smooth.

Serve immediately or store in a sealed container or glass jar in the refrigerator.

If freezing, freeze individual portions in an ice cube tray until firm, then transfer to a plastic ziploc bag or freeze larger portions in a half pint glass jar with lid.

Enjoy!

–Jen

 

 

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Lemon Basil Pesto (Vegan & Gluten Free)
A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest! Herbs | Healthy Recipes | DIY
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
A super easy & healthy gluten free & vegan Lemon Basil Pesto. Great recipe for freezing your summer harvest! Herbs | Healthy Recipes | DIY
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the basil, garlic, nuts, nutritional yeast and sea salt until coarsely chopped. Add olive oil and pulse until smooth
  2. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container or glass jar in the refrigerator.
  3. If freezing, freeze individual portions in an ice cube tray until firm, then transfer to a plastic ziploc bag or freeze larger portions in a half pint glass jar with lid.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by  jen @ www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com

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4 Comments

  • Reply The Sun Mama April 26, 2017 at 10:29 am I adore basil and grow tons of it via container gardening.... This recipe is just begging me to eat it today!!! I can't wait to try it:)
    • Reply Jen April 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm I can't get enough of basil too! I hope you enjoy it! :)
  • Reply Amanda September 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm This sounds awesome! We have a pretty big basil plant that won't make it through winter so I should probably start now!
    • Reply Jen September 6, 2017 at 11:12 am Thanks, Amanda! It's a great way to use that extra basil!

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