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Fava Bean, Almond, and Mint Pesto

 
One serving costs about $1.14

$1.14 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

2 gluten-free,gluten free condiment,dip,sauce,spread
spoonacular Score:53%

Spoonacular Score: 53%

 

Fava Bean, Almond, and Mint Pesto might be a good recipe to expand your condiment recipe box. This recipe serves 2 and costs $1.14 per serving. Watching your figure? This gluten free recipe has 446 calories, 13g of protein, and 36g of fat per serving. Head to the store and pick up extra virgin olive oil, juice of lemon, mint, and a few other things to make it today. 1 person has tried and liked this recipe. It is brought to you by Foodista. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about about 45 minutes. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 52%. This score is solid. If you like this recipe, take a look at these similar recipes: Pasta With Mint Pesto And Fava, Fava Bean Pesto On Fettucini, and Crostini With Fava Bean Spread And Mint.

Ingredients

Servings:
1 cup
1 cup fava beans
fava beans
0.25 cups
0.25 cups fresh mint
fresh mint
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps raw almonds
raw almonds
0.25 cups
0.25 cups parmesan
parmesan
0.5
0.5  lemon (juice)
lemon (juice)
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps sea salt
sea salt
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps black fresh ground pepper
black fresh ground pepper
0.25 tsps
0.25 tsps red bell pepper
red bell pepper
0.25 cups
0.25 cups extra virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp water
water
1 cup fava beans
1 cup
fava beans
0.25 cups fresh mint
0.25 cups
fresh mint
2 Tbsps raw almonds
2 Tbsps
raw almonds
0.25 cups parmesan
0.25 cups
parmesan
0.5  lemon (juice)
0.5
lemon (juice)
0.5 tsps sea salt
0.5 tsps
sea salt
0.5 tsps black fresh ground pepper
0.5 tsps
black fresh ground pepper
0.25 tsps red bell pepper
0.25 tsps
red bell pepper
0.25 cups extra virgin olive oil
0.25 cups
extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp
water

Equipment

food processor
food processor
food processor
food processor


Instructions

Place all ingredients in a mini food processor. Blend for two minutes or until pesto has reached a smooth, creamy texture. If the pesto is too thick, add an additional teaspoon or two of water. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with additional crushed almonds, and serve with whole wheat pita chips, crudites, or your favorite cracker. Notes: This dish is naturally vegetarian and gluten-free. Those with nut allergies can substitute sunflower seeds for the almonds. This fava bean, almond, and mint pesto can be made up to three days ahead when kept properly refrigerated (if making in advance, be sure you have plenty of willpower, or make a double batch for yourself).

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Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.14
Ingredient
1 cup fava beans
¼ cups fresh mint
2 tablespoons raw almonds
¼ cups parmesan
½ lemon (juice)
½ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoons black fresh ground pepper
¼ cups extra virgin olive oil
Price
$0.35
$0.26
$0.36
$0.53
$0.10
$0.01
$0.03
$0.64
$2.28

Tips

Health Tips

  • The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.

  • Sea salt is not healthier than table salt, contrary to what you may have heard. Sea salt is usually 97.5% sodium chloride (same as regular old table salt) and the minerals accounting for the rest are too insignificant to make a difference?unless you plan on consuming sea salt by the pound, in which case the health benefits from the minerals will definitely be outweighed by the negative effects of all the sodium you are consuming!

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

Price Tips

  • Sea salt can add a unique texture or provide bursts of salty goodness, but ONLY when it isn't being dissolved. So if you have expensive sea salt, save it for sprinkling on salads or dark chocolate cookies, don't try to use it in your pasta sauce or soup. Once sea salt dissolves, the flavor is indistinguishable from table salt from the shaker (after all, they are chemically the same thing, sodium chloride).

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

  • Fresh herbs can be expensive, so don't let them go to waste. If you have any leftovers, you might be able to freeze them. The Kitchn recommends freezing hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme in olive oil, while Better Homes and Gardens suggests using freezer bags to freeze basil, chives, mint, and more.

Cooking Tips

  • The average fresh lemon contains between 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (just in case you are substituting bottled lemon juice).

  • Extra-virgin olive oil is the least refined type of olive oil and therefore contains more of the beneficial compounds that get lost during processing. However, its minimal processing could also mean it has a lower smoke point than other olive oils. Once an oil starts to smoke, it begins to break down, producing a bad flavor and potentially harmful compounds. Unfortunately, the smoke point of an oil depends on so many factors that it is hard to say what the smoke point of an oil really is. For extra-virgin olive oil, it could be anywhere between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people recommend using extra-virgin olive oil to add flavor to a finished dish or in cold dishes to be on the safe side. More refined olive oils, canola oil, coconut oil, and clarified butter/ghee are better options for high temperature cooking.

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • Don't have fresh herbs? Substitute dried herbs, but use about 1/3 less because dried herbs are more potent than fresh.

  • get more cooking tips

Green Tips

  • Beans freeze well, so don't throw out your leftovers!

  • Bell peppers are unfortunately on the "dirty dozen" list compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). You might want to buy them organic when you can.

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
445 Calories
13g Protein
35g Total Fat
20g Carbs
16% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
445
22%

Fat
35g
55%

  Saturated Fat
6g
39%

Carbohydrates
20g
7%

  Sugar
2g
3%

Cholesterol
8mg
3%

Sodium
788mg
34%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
13g
27%

Vitamin E
6mg
44%

Manganese
0.72mg
36%

Fiber
6g
26%

Folate
102µg
26%

Phosphorus
247mg
25%

Calcium
222mg
22%

Vitamin K
19µg
19%

Magnesium
74mg
19%

Copper
0.35mg
18%

Vitamin B2
0.24mg
14%

Iron
2mg
12%

Zinc
1mg
11%

Potassium
357mg
10%

Vitamin B1
0.12mg
8%

Selenium
5µg
8%

Vitamin A
371IU
7%

Vitamin C
5mg
7%

Vitamin B3
1mg
5%

Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5%

Vitamin B5
0.27mg
3%

Vitamin B12
0.15µg
3%

covered percent of daily need

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