3 Quick and Easy Pestos

Pestos add an essential dose of antioxidant magic to your diet. You can add a spoon to bring to life all kinds of dishes – from wholemeal pastas, to beans, baked potatoes, soups, fish or chicken. These options below are from Patrick Holford’s low GL diet cookbook which means they are good for your waistline and your taste buds:)


Want to store some – its easy to scale up the recipes and keep in a glass jar for up to 4 days.


For details of Patrick Holfords low GL cook book, click here.


Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Rich in omega 3s, pumpkins seeds are an ideal source of this nutrient to help you build and maintain a healthy body.


25g pumpkin seeds

40 g pumpkin seed butter

10g flat leaf parsley

10g basil leaves

1 clove of garlic

half desert spoon of lemon juice

half tablespoon of olive oil

  1. Grind pumpkin seeds until roughly chopped.
  2. Place the pumpkin seed butter in a blender or in a bowl with the pumpkin seeds, herbs, garlic and lemon and blitz (or with the stick blender if using) until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the oil and mix until the pesto is in an even consistency

Sun dried olive and black olive pesto

This is an intensely flavoured pesto, which Patrick Holford suggests can be parentered with wholemeal pasta (go easy on your pasta portion), mixed with chickpeas or borlotti beans, and chopped fresh salad veg for a quick substantial “heavier salad” lunch or salad.


50g sun dried tomato paste

50g pitted black olives

50g pine nuts

10g flat leaf parsley

25g basil leaves

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 desert spoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor or stick blend together in a bowl until your required consistency.

Walnut & Goats Cheese pesto

This recipe includes walnuts which are a rich source of omega 3 to support skin, heart and brain health. There is no need to add oil as these nuts provide enough oil.




50g soft goats cheese

50g chopped walnuts

25g fresh basil

1 desertspoon lemon juice

black pepper

1 clove crushed garlic

Place all ingredients in a food processor or stick blend together in a bowl until your required consistency.

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