Homemade Basil Chili Pesto  

I don’t post very many recipes for “real dishes” here, mostly breakfast alternatives and what I bake. I felt like this is something I need to share with you. My favorite overall recipe. I would also classify it as fast food (healthy fast food), because it’s so easy and quick to make. 

Homemade Basil Chili Pesto (4 portions)

  • 2.5 jars fresh basil
  • 2 dl Parmesan cheese
  • 2 dl roasted pine nuts 
  • 2.5 dl olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • A sprinkle of chili flakes (or a small piece of fresh chili of you have at home)
  • A sprinkle of Herb salt 
  • A sprinkle of Black pepper 

-> Just put everything in a mixer or food processor and blend until smooth and no chunks. If it’s too thick add more olive oil. Taste of you need more spices, Basil or garlic. 

There are of course a million ways to eat the Pesto. I add it to almost anything. But the first recipe with it this weekend me and my friend made it raw and simple! 

  • Zucchini noodles
  • Shrimp
  • Roasted walnuts 
  • Sugarpeas
  • Cocktail tomatoes 

Just mix it all on your plate and ENJOY!

When I just have a little as left overs I love to add the Pesto to an omelet with eggs, spinach and red onion. With some broccoli and avocado on the side. Delicious!  
The Pesto is of course free from gluten and added sugar! 

Rucola Pesto

For dinner today I wanted to make something quick since I got home from work pretty late, and one of my absolute favorite foods are different types of pesto. I tried a new recipe for a ruccola pesto. The original recipe is from ICA.se but I changed it a little bit. Also, the recipe says it is for 4-6 people…For me it last for 2 meals hehe. So YES I do love to have lots of pesto on my food!

Rucola Pesto (about 2 portions)

  • 1 dl roasted sun-flower seeds
  • 1 dl parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 dl olive oil
  • 65 grams of fresh rucola
  • 1 teaspoon chlorella powder from Alivefoods 
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • salt and black pepper

-> Start by mixing the sunflower seeds, garlic clove and shredded cheese in a food processor or in a bowl with a stick blender. Then add the olive oil, a little at the time. Then add the rest of the ingredients and taste with the salt and pepper for how much you will need.

I served the rucola pesto with bean pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, mixed wok vegetables and shrimp. DELICIOUS and a SIMPLE dinner to make!

  
 

Homemade Basil Pesto

My absolute favorite sauce that I basically can add to almost any food to make it delicious is pesto! But it has to be homemade, the one I sometimes buy in the store is not even close to as good! 

So of course Victoria and I had to end 2015 in the best way possible, chicken in the oven filled with homemade pesto and a huge fresh salad on the side. 

Homemade Basil Pesto (4 people)

  • 3 jars of fresh basil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 dl Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 dl pine-nuts
  • 1.5 dl olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

-> Just mix everything in a mixer and taste if you need more of anything to get the perfect basil pesto flavor. 

Pesto Chicken (2 people)

  • 1/2 batch of homemade pesto
  • 2 chicken filets 
  • Black pepper

-> Cut the chicken in half, put on a oven tray. add the pesto in the middle of the each chicken piece. Put in the oven on 200 degrees C for about 25 minutes. Enjoy with a fresh mixed salad. Deliciuos!

   

 
The whole meal is gluten free but if you want to make it dairy free, use a different dairy free cheese. 

Avocado Spinach Pesto

There are many variations of pesto and even if I do like the traditional basil pesto with Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and so on the best there are other simpler, cheaper, and different types of pesto to try! Today I made a fresh avocado and spinach pesto and served it with fried chicken, znoodles, and Swedish tomatoes.

Avocado Spinach Pesto (1-2 servings)

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 handful (or more) fresh basil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 dl cashew nuts
  • herb salt

-> Just put everything in a mixer and blend until smooth. Taste and see if you need to add more of any ingredients, I always end up adding more basil or lemon to get the perfect fresh taste!

What’s your favorite recipe for homemade pesto?

  

This meal is 100% paleo-friendly, gluten free, dairy free, free from added sugar, and low fodmap diet.

Avocado Basil sauce 

Wanted to try my new mixer and decided to make a simpler kind of pesto. This sauce is super fresh and works well together with almost any food, as a salad dressing, sauce on the side for meat or fish, for pasta dishes, to dip your bread or crisp bread or like I ate it today on an omelet with sliced tomatoes and roasted sunflower seeds! Yum! 

Avocado Basil Sauce (1 person)

  • 1/2 avocado 
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic glove 
  • 1/4 lime (the juice) 
  • 1 handful fresh basil (or more!)
  • Black pepper 
  • Herb salt 
  • Cayenne pepper 

-> Just put everything in a mixer and mix until smooth. Taste it and see if you might have to add more spices. If it’s too spicy already, try to add more avocado or spinach. If it doesn’t taste enough add either more basil, garlic or spices! 

This sauce is 100% clean, gluten free, dairy free, & paleo-friendly!
   

 
A selfie from after my run this morning. First run as a “Nyköpingsbo”. To be honest I got lost a couple of times, but I always found my way back pretty quick hehe. 

Homemade Basil Pesto

One of my absolute favorite foods is homemade basil pesto! Especially when my mum makes it, because somehow she always succeed to make it perfect. I usually eat my pesto (a big mountain of pesto) all mixed together with quinoa or some sort of gluten free pasta or znoodles, chicken pieces fried in coconut oil or shrimp, chopped avocado, roasted sunflower seeds and steamed broccoli.

I also often just add a big spoon of pesto when I make omelet to give it a fresh and delicious taste together with spices and some chopped vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, and red onion.

This is what you need for a jar of basil pesto (supposed to last for 4-5 people, but it’s perfect for 2 meals for me :D):

  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1 dl olive oil
  • 2 plants (pots) of fresh basil
  • 1 dl pine-nuts
  • 1 dl shredded Parmesan cheese
  • some salt and pepper

-> Put it all in a blender and blend until all mixed. If you want it looser you can add more olive oil or a little water. If you want it thicker you can add more cheese.

  Anyone have any other good recipes for pesto? I’m looking for a recipe that is paleo-friendly, so without the Parmesan cheese. Any tips? 🙂 

Grilled Chicken Salad with Pesto

One of my absolute favorite dishes! Or to be honest, anything with a good pesto sauce is probably one of my favorites. It’s just so convenient too because you can add it to anything and it keeps fresh in the fridge up to a week. So whenever you make homemade pesto, make a big load! 

This salad is mixed of:

  • Greens (lettuce + spinach)
  • Grilled chicken 
  • Sliced sun-dried tomatoes 
  • Chopped red pepper
  • Sliced artichoke 
  • Oregano spice 
  • Pesto sauce (click HERE to get to my own recipe for homemade pesto= it’s the best one!)

This was my dinner last night after my team and I took down Washington 4-3 away! It’s a huge win for us and I’m so proud of my team! And it was also great to have my family there during the dual match for the first time in my four college years! FAMILY COMES FIRST☺️💗