Remember: one of the foods of the month for February is healthy oils, and I can't think of one with more benefits than olive oil.
This magical ingredient is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, contains large amounts of antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, has antibacterial properties, and has been rumored to treat rheumatoid arthritis and even to ward off cancer, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. (Phew!)
Olive oil may just be the healthiest fat on the planet.
So...with no further ado...here's today's recipe:
• 1 cup raw pistachios
• ½ – 1 cup olive oil(depending on your desired consistency)
• 3 cloves garlic, put through the press or minced (I like to cheat and use jarred, minced garlic)
• 1 cup fresh basil (approximately 2 large handfuls)
• 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
• 3 Tbsp lemon juice
• salt and pepper to taste
In the food processor, and being sure to take your time, pulse a cup of raw pistachios until coarsely chopped.
Add the pressed garlic, basil and parsley.
When all of that is mixed well, slowly add a half cup of olive oil until combined well.
Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and combine until well mixed.
Depending on your desired consistency, add more olive oil 2 Tbsp at a time.
This is SO good on pasta, grilled shrimp or chicken.