2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or pinenuts or walnuts)
1/2 cup olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp salt (or to tase)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend well into a sauce. Add more oil if needed.
Serve with bread, rice, pasta, pizza, baked potato or crackers.
Nutritional yeast can be found at most natural supermarkets. you can also order it online. Nutritional yeast has a cheesy/nutty flavor and as the name implies, it is extremely nutritious. Is is high in vitamins B-12, B-6, Floate, Niacin, protein, and trace minerals such as magnesium and copper.
Pesto is very versatile. You can substitute various greens in place of the basil.