The hemp seed (also known as hemp hearts) almost has too many amazing qualities to count: rich in Omega 3, 6, and amino acids, they’re good for your heart and can help to lower blood pressure, serve as an anti-inflammatory, aid in digestion, great for skin and hair, bone health, and metabolism. They also add a wonderful nutty texture to anything you throw them on.
And let's talk PROTEIN on this wonderful sauce: in just 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts, there's 11 grams of protein - which means just from the hemp hearts alone this sauce has 44 grams of protein total, or 11 grams per serving! And if you use kale intead of basil, there's another 3 grams of protein per serving on top of that from the kale.
Try this easy, nutrient packed, hemp seed pesto recipe – it’s ready in minutes and perfect to put on top of your Zoodles with some shredded chicken, white beans, or on their own.
In a food processor, add the peeled garlic cloves and process to mince garlic.
Add kale or basil, lemon juice, hemp seeds, salt, and pepper. Begin to process, and slowly add olive oil until the pesto reaches the consistency you are looking for. Taste and adjust lemon/salt/pepper/Parmesan, as needed.
Heat up in a sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly when ready to cook. Use to top noodles, zoodles, meat, use for a pizza sauce, or anything else you can think of!