A Healthy Gourmet Style Pesto

Good morning,

With pumpkin season in full bloom, today I have a spicy recipe for you that’s delicious as a topper for grilled chicken, fish, burgers … and it’s also great stirred into veggies, beans, and pasta!

It’s proof that you can enjoy a restaurant-gourmet-style meals while eating a “clean” and healthy foods.

The bonus of eating healthy whole foods is that you feel great AFTER your meals, too – instead of weighed down and blah.

This pesto goes great with everything and tis recipe literally comes together in just a couple of minutes.

The pepitas (pumpkin seeds) add a surprising richness to this pesto. While this recipe asks for full-fat Greek yogurt, you can use low-fat if that’s what you have on-hand.

You can easily adjust the heat level, too. A splash or two of sriracha will kick it up a notch, as well as including the jalapeno seeds.

Spicy Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Spicy Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Serving size: 1 tablespoon

What You Need –

  • ⅓ cup (40 g) hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, quartered with seeds removed
  • 1 cup (50 g) fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup (56 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Putting It Together –

  • Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently so they don’t burn.
  • Add them to a food processor along with the other ingredients and blend. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  • This keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Make your day an amazing day,


CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist at the Other Pain Clinic Inc


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