Moving toward a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be intimidating. Having a few key items in your refrigerator or pantry can quickly and easily turn boring roasted vegetables, steamed zucchini noodles, or a salad with grilled fruit into a satisfying, palate-pleasing meal.

All Purpose Pesto​is a go-to recipe to keep on hand to add a rich, flavorful boost to whatever you’re cooking. Loaded with fresh herbs that help to boost your immune system, detoxify your body, and even reduce your blood pressure, you may be surprised how delicious something that has so many health benefits can be!

All Purpose Pesto 

Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 2 cups fresh basil leaves (about 2 bunches) 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley leaves 2 Tbsp pine nuts, walnuts, or pecans 1⁄2 cup olive oil 1⁄4 tsp fresh ground pepper.

In a blender or food processor, puree garlic cloves. Add basil and parsley and process to a fine chop. Add nuts and also process to a fine chop. With the blades turning, slowly pour in the olive oil. Add pepper and process until well blended, stopping the motor to scrape down the sides as needed. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Store refrigerated in a tightly covered container for up to 5 days or freeze for later use.