Saturday, February 23, 2013

February Paleo Pen Pals - Indian Spiced Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

My Paleo Pen Pal this month was Dan from Grizzly Strong. Hopefully this doesn't embarrass him, but I was pretty pumped to get some male participation in the Paleo Pen Pals program. There are so many great healthy eating blogs out there and a lot of them are dude-authored so you should definitely go check him out.

I sent Dan a bag of pumpkin seeds from a local health food store and he made these tempting Cocoa Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. I can't wait to try them!

Dan sent me a jar of Garam Masala, which I was very excited to unwrap. I have made a few recipes with Garam Masala in the past, but never one of my own creation. I wasn't sure what to make and it literally came to me as I was lying in bed one morning (probably because this baby in my belly has a knack for keeping me up at night ) - a sun dried tomato pesto spiced with Garam Masala!

I love love loved the results! This pesto could be enjoyed as a topping for fish, chicken or even eggs. I also enjoy using pesto as a salad dressing. What is your favorite way to use pesto?

Want to become a part of Paleo Pen Pals? It is a fun Paleo food swap for bloggers and non-bloggers alike! To learn more, visit the Paleo Pen Pals Facebook page. If you are ready to sign up, click here to complete the sign up form.

Read on for the recipe...

Indian Spiced Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Makes: About 1/2 Cup
Time: 10 Minutes


1 cup sun dried tomatoes (oil drained, if packed in oil)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil (or use oil from tomatoes, if packed in oil)
1/2 tbsp Garam Masala
Salt and pepper to taste

Place everything into a food processor and puree until well combined