Welcome to our just better.® Recipe of the Week! Today, we're turning the spotlight on a flavorful, nutrient-dense recipe inspired by our recent post celebrating "Grab Some Nuts" Day and the numerous health benefits of nuts.
Introducing our homemade just better.® Walnut Pistachio Pesto - a versatile spread that's a delightful blend of fresh, nutty, and zesty flavors.
Packed with wholesome ingredients like fresh basil, walnuts, pistachios, garlic, and parmesan, this pesto is not just bursting with flavor but also carries a powerhouse of nutrients.
And - of course - we decided to take its health benefits a notch higher—by boosting the fiber content of this recipe with just better.® prebiotic fiber!
Did you know that a variety of fiber in our meal plan is essential? It’s because different types of fiber perform different functions, providing nourishment to various beneficial bacteria that live in our gut—keeping us feeling tip-top!
So, this pesto isn't just a delight for your palate; it's a feast for your gut microbes too!
The walnuts and pistachios in this recipe are rich in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They also play a key role in maintaining a healthy gut, which we've discussed extensively in our previous post. Check it out here!
But the beauty of this pesto doesn't stop at its nutritional profile. It's a multipurpose condiment that can be used in a myriad of ways - from sprucing up your pasta and sandwiches to serving as a delicious topping for grilled lean meats or vegetables. With this pesto in your fridge, you're always minutes away from a meal that's not only scrumptious but also nourishing.
One of the highlights of our just better.® Walnut Pistachio Pesto is its adaptability. If you prefer to use just walnuts or pistachios, you can easily make that swap. The recipe is flexible and forgiving, welcoming your personal touch. Add your flair and share! (Tag us on our socials, and let us know how it turns out!)
just better.® Walnut Pistachio Pesto
1 Cup fresh basil leaves
½ Cup shelled pistachios
½ Cup walnuts
2 Cloves garlic
1/2 Cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ Cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons just better.® prebiotic fiber
Salt & Pepper to taste
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Rinse and dry the basil leaves. Peel the garlic cloves.
In a food processor, combine the basil, pistachios, walnuts, and garlic. Process until everything is finely chopped.
Add in the Parmesan cheese, a good pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper, and just better.® prebiotic fiber. Pulse again to combine.
With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency. You may not need all of the oil, so adjust accordingly.
Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice if needed.
Transfer the pesto to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. The pesto can be refrigerated for up to a week. Remember to always top it off with a thin layer of olive oil to keep it fresh.
Recipe Note: If you prefer to use only walnuts or only pistachios, you can substitute the other half cup with your nut of choice, making it a full cup of either walnuts or pistachios.
This fiber-boosted just better.® Walnut Pistachio Pesto is not only flavorful but also packed with diverse fiber content, which promotes a healthy, happy gut. Enjoy its benefits in your pasta, sandwiches, and many more dishes!
Live… just better.®!