Italian Parsley and Toasted Hazelnut Pesto

 I love the combination of the bright flavors from the parsley and the warmth of the toasted hazelnuts.   It’s great on rice cakes, crostinis, toast, pita bread, pizza & pasta.

Italian-Parsley-Toasted-Hazelnut-Pesto

This pesto is a not only tasty but healthy too.   That’s the great thing about pesto, you can get the health benefits from vegetables and herbs you normally may not eat.

Italian-Parsley-and-Toasted-Hazelnut-Pesto

Recipe: Approx. 1 1/2 Cups

  • 2 Cups Italian Parsley Leaves
  • 1 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 3/4 Cup Aged Asiago Cheese or Parmesan
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste

Instructions:

 Start by toasting and de-skinning the hazelnuts, finely shred the cheese and measure everything then put all ingredients in to a food processor or blender and blend well.

 Parsley contains calcium, iron and potassium, antioxidant vitamins A and C. It contains extremely high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin.  Scientific research suggests it may help protect against macular degeneration.  It is also high in vitamin K, which strengthen the bones.
Hazelnuts are high in vitamin E and B vitamins, including folate.  Vitamin E maintains healthy skin, hair and nails.  B vitamins are important in cell and energy metabolism. They are also rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. The minerals help regulate blood pressure.

Hazelnuts are one of the only tree nuts with folate that may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and depression. They have a high concentration of oleic acid an omega-9 fatty acid that is known to prevent cancer, reduce blood pressure, prevent strokes and help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol that help prevent heart attacks.  They are also rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium, the minerals help regulate blood pressure. Hazelnuts are one of the richest in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.  They are also packed with B vitamins that bring energy to your cells and increase the metabolism. They are one of the few nuts that contain vitamin A, which is great for your eyes and are also high in dietary fiber and minerals like manganese, selenium and zinc.

*People who are allergic to peanuts, macadamia nut and/or Brazil nut might also be allergic to hazelnuts.

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