Purple Opal Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto

  • 3 cups purple (opal) basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegan soy parmesan cheese or 2 T. nutritional yeast flakes
  • pinch of salt

In a food processor, place the purple basil leaves, sunflower seeds, and garlic, and pulse a few times to roughly chop. Add the water and olive oil, and process until the basil is finely chopped and the mixture is well blended. Add the remaining ingredients and process the mixture an additional 30 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Use to add flavor to cooked pasta or grains, sauces, salad dressings, or sandwiches, or as a spread on bread or crackers. Yield: 2 Cups

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.

Quotes

"There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third is by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry."
~Benjamin Franklin
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