Sun-Dried Tomato Arugula Pesto

 I love the aromatic and peppery flavor of the arugula mixed with the tangy sweet sun-dried tomatoes.  It makes for a bright, rich and flavorful pesto that can be enjoy so many different ways like on pasta, crostinis, crackers, fresh bread, on toast, pizza, sandwiches and even in soups.

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A friend of mine is having a pot luck this weekend and she is allergic to walnuts so I made this pesto with almonds instead.  I think I will serve it with some crackers, pears, apples, almonds and a couple different cheeses.  It should be a good time : )

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Recipe: Approx. 3 Cups

  • 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes or Oven Dried Tomatoes (you can use oil packed drained well, I personally prefer use oil I like)
  • 3/4 Cups Arugula
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Aged Asiago Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 + 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste

Instructions:

First grind the almonds in a to a food processor or blender to a fairly fine texture then finely grate the cheese,  Juice the lemon with a hand-held lemon juicer and measure all ingredients then put in to a food processor or blender except olive oil and blend while slowly adding the olive oil

Health Benifits:

Sun-Dried Tomatoes are very high in anti-oxidants, just one cup has 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 16 percent of vitamin A.  The Vitamin C in dried tomatoes helps your body absorb the high iron content as well. They are high in potassium which helps prevent and lower high blood pressure. These tomatoes are very high in dietary fiber compared to raw tomatoes.

Arugula is a super food that cleanses the blood and detoxifies cells. It is an extremely high anti-oxidant making it a free radical absorbent and increases oxygen levels.  It has a cooling effect on the bodyand contains 90% water so it keeps your body hydrated making it a great addition in the summer heat.  Arugula has very high levels of chlorophyll, which helps with liver damage and contains phyto-chemicals that fight cancer-causing carcinogens.The leaves have an excellent source of vitamin A helping with vision, skin and respiratory health. It has good levels of vitamin C that’s great for cells and skin health.  It also contains decent levels of minerals, especially copper and iron.  It has high amounts of calcium and vitamin K that strengthens the bones. It’s high fiber content helps with colon health and reduces chronic inflammation as well.  It is high in folate (B9), which helps to slow down the aging factors of the brain and supports your metabolism.

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