There are so many uses for this easy Cilantro Pesto recipe. And I think it’s better than basil!
Cilantro (also known as coriander) is one of my absolute favorite herbs. I prefer to load up my tacos with cilantro rather than shredded lettuce. I just love the flavor.
I have never understood how anyone could hate cilantro. Then someone told me that cilantro tastes like soap to some people—and it’s genetic. Read this NY Times article for more info on this interesting factoid.
Not only is cilantro delicious, it’s incredibly good for you. Here’s a list of some of its wonderful health benefits.
- Contains immune-boosting and antioxidant properties.
- A good source of dietary fiber, iron and magnesium.
- Rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids.
- A powerful detoxifying agent that has been used to help remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
- Aids digestion and settles the stomach; drink a cup of tea made from the leaves when you experience any form of stomach discomfort.
- Powerful anti-inflammatory properties may help alleviate joint discomfort and reduce minor swelling.
- Can help increase (good) HDL cholesterol and reduce (bad) LDL cholesterol
- Helps reduce feelings of nausea, eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation and reduces menstrual cramping.
- Helps promote healthy liver function and stimulates the endocrine glands.
- Helps with insulin secretion and helps to lower blood sugar.
- Helps ease conjunctivitis and other eye stressors.
Pretty powerful benefits, huh? Most people don’t know how to incorporate cilantro into their diet, besides adding it to Mexican food. So, I want to share a yummy recipe for you to try out.
This cilantro pesto is a twist on the classic basil pesto. It can be used in many of the same ways, and more.
It makes a healthy pasta sauce for chicken or shrimp. You can use it as a dressing, in tacos, on steak, as a pizza sauce or mix it in with rice.
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Cilantro Pesto Recipe
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Warm in a small saucepan just until it starts to bubble.
- Serve it with your favorite dish, or on toasted bread.