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Macadamia Nut Pesto Recipe – raw and vegan :)

For about 3 years of my life I was living in the coastal, tropical goodness of Vista, Escondido, and Oceanside, CA. During that time I somehow found a guy living on a macadamia / citrus orchard given to him by his parents who has passed on. The man had no use for his macadamia nuts so I went over there and harvested THREE macadamia nut trees. Oh my gosh… it was heavenly. Carlos (my handsome lover) came over to help me crack those nuts, and then I created some amazing recipes like this one, for …

Macadamia nut pesto – raw, vegan, and delicious

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw nuts
  • large bunch of basil
  • 5 garlic cloves (more or less, depending on preference)
  • grated raw cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 coconut oil or other organic, unrefined oil of choice
  • 1/2 large lemon – juiced

prepare the goodness

My preferred method is to chop all of the dry ingredients BY HAND with a big, chopping knife. Leave out the lemon and oil.. just chop all the dry stuff really small and mix it up real nice. Then mix in the oil and lemon and serve! If you want to make a whole lot of this, you can store it in your freezer without the oil and lemon.

Another option is to use a food processor or high powered blender to blend/chop it up. 🙂

other nut options

Macadamia nuts are expensive if you don’t have access to someone’s free orchard bounty, so you could use other nuts instead. I haven’t tried almonds, but they might make a good pesto. I normally soak my almonds before using them.

Do you have a nutty idea?

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Eat local. Live seasonal.

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A vegan who shops at the grocery store causes more environmental unrest than an omnivore who shops at the local farmers market.

There are a lot of fabulous people out there who are thinking about what they eat, and taking on this task can be a huge challenge! When I first became more conscious about my food, I became vegetarian and ate NO meat at all for NINE YEARS! That’s a long time to me, since I’m only 25. It was an eye opening experience for me and I went all out, really.

After 5 years or so, it finally became apparent that there is massive environmental corruption and slavery happening to PLANTS, not just animals. This realization took me to farms and communities where I lived and worked for the food on my plate. But I still looked at those big, beautiful eyes on a cow or the cute little chicken butts and I just wanted to cuddle them. Who could eat something so full of life??

Plants are full of life too though!!! I finally realized it when I was traveling recently. Everything on this planet, everything in the UNIVERSE is totally and COMPLETELY CONNECTED! We all need eachother. We all work together and effect one another! Every rock. Every tree. Every carrot. Every goat. Every human. We are all one.

We are creatures of this earth, humans on this earth, who should use and eat what is given to us by our surrounding environment. In the wintertime when the skies are bleak and the ground is covered in a layer of snow, fresh produce is scarce. This is when I begin eating canned and fermented produce, plus more meat! Animals live through the winter and they are readily available at local farms and farmers markets. It seems only right to eat animals when that is what nature is offering to me. I take what is given to me and I am ever so delighted and grateful to receive!

Eat local. Live Seasonal.