Spinach Pesto

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Spinach Pesto recipe


While exploring recipes using coconut oil I ran across a recipe similar to this on the Lucy Bee Coconut Oil site.  Since it had apple cider vinegar as an ingredient too, I had to give it a try.  Both coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are such healthy foods.

Recently I read an article that showed it may have excellent results for Alzheimer’s disease.  While it wasn’t an official study, it still seemed impressive enough to include in my diet.  The downside seems minimal.  Since you can substitute coconut oil for the oil you cook with, it needn’t increase the amount of fat you are adding to your diet.

After reading further the only negative I found that may be of concern is it can raise your cholesterol level.  I’ll watch that when I have my next blood test.  If it is an issue for you, do check with your doctor before using it every day.

Still, for this recipe, it is so tasty.  Combined with apple cider vinegar, cashews and my favorite–spinach–it is a tasty topping for pasta, soup or even for spreading on crackers or bread.

Most pesto sauces are made with basil as the main ingredient.   Sometimes that is too strong for me.  With this recipe you can add as much as you like, or none, if you prefer, and still enjoy a delightful sauce.


Spinach Pesto


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Serves: 3 - 4

  • 4 cups fresh, cleaned spinach
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup cashews
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, raw and unrefined
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 basil leaves (more or less as preferred)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soften the coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (I used the Ninja Blender).
  3. Pulse until spinach chopped.
  4. You may need to stir away from sides one time then pulse once more.
  5. Serve over hot pasta.
  6. Warm in sauce pan or in microwave if you wish.



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Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .

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