Macadamia nuts have more monounsaturated fats (that may lower your LDL cholesterol levels) than any other natural food source. These little buttery balls are also full of vitamin E and selenium, both powerful antioxidants.
This pesto will take you to the islands. My husband said it was the best pesto that I had ever made. Ho'omaika'i 'ana (congratulations) to me!
I used mine as a sauce for some whole grain spaghetti and garnished with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and viola blossoms (edible). This would also be terrific on a grilled chicken breast or on a turkey burger.
Makes ~ 1 1/2 cups
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, stemmed
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Place all ingredients into a small food processor or blender. Blend until pureed and smooth in texture.
Will keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Info per 3 Tbsp: 70 calories, 7 g fat (5 g monounsaturated), 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber