Quinoa with a Pesto Twist

This is a good late spring and early summer ayurvedic recipe. Light, nourishing, and balancing. Flavorful too! Green is good for the blood and liver as it is alkalizing and nourishing for the body. Having easy dishes to cook means less time needed to be standing over a hot stove as the atmosphere gets warmer.




INGREDIENTS (for quinoa)

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of water

1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 lemon or lime

1/2 tsp. of sea salt or kosher salt

3-4 basil leaves

INGREDIENTS (for pesto)

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves.

2 cloves garlic.

1/4 cup almond nuts.

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (cold pressed).

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese. (optional if you’re lactose sensitive)


STEP 1: In a medium saucepan, bring the cups of water and salt to a boil, then add the quinoa. Next, add in the pumpkin seeds. Cover and low simmer for 10-15 minutes. When the quinoa is cooked, turn off the flame. While this dish is cooking, proceed to step 2.

STEP 2: To make the pesto, place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Puree until you get a nice and even sauce consistency.


Combine 2-3 tbs. of the pesto with the quinoa dish. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Serve and add a squeeze of the lemon or lime, then garnish with basil. Enjoy!

Dr. Vishnu Aragona AD, LMT, is one of Philadelphia's leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized by NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) as meeting the requirements as a Doctor of Ayurveda. Vishnu has a Master's Degree in Ayurveda and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Vishnu is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been practicing for 22 years and teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for over 15 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. Visit www.stillpointayurveda.com to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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