Green Olive Pesto

green olive pesto
By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Pesto is such a delicious and easy recipe to whip up for all sorts of occasions. It’s a great compliment to many dishes including fish, chicken, salads, pasta and can also be used as a dip. This versatile dish can easily be stored for later use in the fridge or in the freezer.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of pitted green olives
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach and/or baby kale leaves
  • ¼ cup of fresh basil
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • 6 tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ tsp of nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ¼ cup of chopped pitted black olives
  • Salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 large zucchinis, spiralized or a healthy wholegrain pasta

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, process the green pitted olives, garlic, baby spinach/kale leaves, basil, almonds and nutritional yeast and blend to form a lumpy consistency, then add the olive oil slowly while it is still mixing until well combined.
  2. Stir in the black olives and extra salt and pepper if needed. You can thin it down if desired with 2-4 tablespoons of water.
  3. Heat this up in a fry pan or saucepan with the zucchini and serve immediately or store the pesto for later use or enjoy as a dip with vegetables sticks.

Substitutions:

Almonds — pine nuts, cashews, pistachios

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 2-4 servings

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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