• prep: 5 min
  • cook: 10 min
  • total: 15 min
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  • Summary

    I used spinach and carrot tops in this pesto because that's what I recieved in my CSA box. However, most herbs (basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, dill) and greens (kale, beet greens, arugula) make wonderful pestos, even when combined with other greens like I did. Pinenuts––the traditional pesto nut––can be used instead of sunflower seeds. Also toasted pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or a combination of things. Pesto is so flexible! One more tip: If you don't eat wheat use gluten-free pasta. Do I get a "duh" for that one? I thought I should mention it anyways ???? Bon appétit!

    Ingredients

    • ½ box spaghetti noodles
    • 2 zucchinis, julienned with a peeler to make "noodles" (about 2 cups)
    • 3 carrots, julienned with a peeler to make "noodles" (about 2 cups)
    • sea salt
    • black pepper
    • 4 cups spinach leaves
    • 2 cups carrot tops (the greens)
    • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
    • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
    • juice of one lemon
    • ¼ cup olive oil (or water if you want to avoid oil)
    • 1-2 cups cooked lentils (I used black lentils that I had cooked already)
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ½ tsp red chili flakes

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 666 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 34 g 52.59%
    • Saturated Fat: 4 g 19.59%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 1186 mg 49.43%
    • Calcium: 157 mg 15.7%
    • Potassium: 813 mg 23.22%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 8 mg 43.86%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 61 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 14 g 57.72%
    • Sugar: 12 g
    • Protein: 20 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 14 g
    • Vitamin A 284.48%
    • Vitamin C 90.7%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat7
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total2 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total3 oz-eq

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