Herbs are more than just a garnish. A garnish is added to a meal for its flavour or visual appeal. I often think of parsley as just a decoration to a meat or cheese tray. Well, herbs are definitely more than decoration!
Many herbs have been shown to have important anti-cancer and other medicinal properties. So much so, I recommend you feature them as the main ingredient in your recipes and not just the garnish. For more on herbs, check out my blog post called 7 Herbs Every Cancer Survivor Should Grow.
A great way to feature an herb as a main ingredient is to make pesto. For a twist on traditional basil pesto, here is my version. I call it Super Green Parsley Pesto.
Why super green? Parsley contains important plant nutrients (phytonutrients). In laboratory work, these phytonutrients have been shown to reduce inflammation, reduce proliferation of cancer cells, stop angiogenesis (creation of blood supply by the cancer) and induce apoptosis (natural cell death by the cancer). Parsley is truly is a super green.
As well as being super green in colour, this recipe, with its cancer-fighting potential, is like a super hero on your plate. Let’s call it “Super Green” to the rescue! When you harvest parsley, you don’t have to pull out the entire plant, just pick off the leaves you will use. The leaves will grow back and you may get a second harvest.
Super Green Parsley Pesto
- 3 cups freshly harvested parsley, washed, with excess stems removed
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 -1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup toasted pecans
- Pat dry washed parsley and place in food processor with processing blade.
- Add Parmesan cheese and olive oil.
- Process until smooth.
- Add toasted pecans and process until desired texture.
Serve over hot pasta or use as a spread on sandwiches.
[important]Optional: Add garlic, basil, cilantro or a combination of other herbs. If you want a thinner texture, add more oil.[/important]
Parsley is just one of a number of cancer-fighting herbs. In my newest programs—designed to show you how to thrive after cancer—I’ll be introducing you to more immune-boosting and cancer-fighting herbs and spices, as well as other super foods.