Cashew Pesto – Serves 12

Whatcha know about pesto?  Well if you’re anything like me you know pine nuts are a staple in it…  Now again, if you’re anything like me, you know you want a lower cost ingredient.  This is an awesome twist to one of my favorite meal additions that is packed with powerful flavor.

Now instead, of pine nuts, opt for cashews.  Even raw, these nuts are packed with buttery flavor and are super chewy thus giving your mouth a mini workout.  Cashews are a great source of unsaturated fat which basically means they help to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and instead help increase the good cholesterol (HDL).  Cashews also have other nutrients such as micronutrients and vitamins.  If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin/warfarin use discretion since these nuts are a great source of vitamin-K.

This recipe is officially a staple in my meals as of recent.  Not only does it taste good warmed up with a meal but it also tastes good cold served with crudités and or crackers.  Therefore make pesto for your family and friends during Thursday Night Football (TNF) – it is a crowd pleasure that shocks your taste buds!  So far, I have made this with shrimp, steak, and chicken as a garnish topping or I have mixed it into my vegetables for extra flavor.  My taste testers prefer the pesto warm and so I shall say that is the majority consensus currently.

pesto = heaven

pesto = green, edible version of heaven

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts (soaked overnight or for a least 1-2 hours prior to making the recipe)
  • Handful or 1/2 cup basil (preferably fresh)
  • Handful or 1/2 cup parsley (preferably fresh)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • To taste: black pepper and sea salt

Methodology:

  1. Remove cashew nuts from the refrigerator, drain from water, and add to a blender.
  2. Add the basil, parsley, lemon, lemon zest, cloves, and oil to the blender.
  3. Blend on low and increase the speed until the mixture is uniform but retain some texture.
  4. Taste and then add spices (salt and pepper) as desirable.
  5. Serve cold or serve hot as a garnish as shown above…  The recipe for the shrimp and vegetable side are to come – stay tuned.
  6. Happy chow down!

xxx – Sarah

My Story

As a Long Island, NY native, I have always been involved in sports with a main focus in swimming and figure skating. Now as an adult, I am still passionate about fitness but have cultivated a love for nutrition. As a registered dietitian (RD) and holder of various personal training certifications I have realized there is a need to address both. It is important to be fit and to eat properly but whoever said the food should be bland or that exercise should be boring?!?

This site provides recipes for those following limited diets (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian) as well as for those without a roadmap but want to learn about nutrition and taste delectable foods.  Since nutrition is half the equation for healthy living, fitness ideas can also be discovered, ranging from cardiovascular to strength training programs.

The Fit Bon-Vivant

I am determined to touch as many lives possible with my joie de vivre for nutrition and fitness. 

Balance between fitness and nutrition is key – I strive for a clean eating lifestyle with the occasional pretzel bun here and there but for the most part I eat like a cavewoman… 

Education:

  • Sage Graduate School – Master of Science and Dietetic Internship
  • Rochester Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science

Professional Fitness Background:

  • Equinox
  • The Sports Club/LA – Upper East Side
  • Midtown Fitness Club
  • PHA Rehabilitation Center
  • Various Crossfit Boxes

Professional Nutrition and Dietetics Background:

  • Foodlink
  • The Fort Orange Club
  • Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
  • Albany Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • MacNeal Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital Chicago North
  • University of Chicago
  • Montgomery Place
  • Advanced Healthcare Solutions
  • Fresenius Medical Services
  • Coram/CVS Specialty Infusion Services
  • Kindred Healthcare

Favorite Areas of Expertise:

  • Weight Management
  • Overall Wellness Optimization
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Nutrition Support – Parenteral and Enteral

 

 xxx – Sarah