Pumpkin and Sesame Seed Pesto

Prep/Cook: 1/2 min     £1.80     Difficulty:     Serves: 4


- There are many types of vitamin K. Green leafy vegetables such as basil are high in Vitamin K1 compound needed for blood clotting which means it helps wounds heal properly. Low levels of vitamin K can lead to thin blood and risk of uncontrolled bleeding.

- Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin therefore it can be stored in the body, meaning it does not needs to be consumed each day as we can use our stores.

- Sunflower seeds contain large ammounts of vitamin E, which is key for maintaining healthy skin and eyes, and strengthening the bodys natural defence against illness and infection. Add this super seed to your diet to start looking and feeling great!



-       1 garlic clove  

-       1 big bunch of fresh basil 

-       1 handful of pine nuts  

-       100ml olive oil 

-       ½ lemon squeezed

-       Optional handful of parmesan cheese

-       Pinch of sea salt and pepper

-       2 Tbsp of sesame seeds

-       2 Tbsp of sunflower seeds



  1. Peel garlic and chop in quarters
  2. Wash, and chop up the basil leaves into manageable pieces
  3. Bake the pine nuts in the oven for 5 minutes until lightly toasted and brown
  4. Add the garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, sunflower and sesame seeds (and cheese if you choose) then blend until a paste is formed. Alternatively, you can use and pestle and mortar.
  5. If it’s too thick then add a drizzle more of oil and reblend
  6. Sprinkle some sunflower and sesame seeds on top

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