Pumpkin Seed Fennel Pesto

Pesto comes together in a pinch and is an easy way to ramp up the flavor of nearly anything. Add it to scrambled eggs, chicken, zucchini noodles, salad, sautéed veggies, and more. There are countless ways to mix up the flavors too, as I did with this pumpkin seed fennel variation. It’s cooling, fresh, light, zesty, and nutty (no actual nuts in recipe though). And, it’s dairy-free too! It’s also a fantastic way to use up fennel stalks and fronds. I don’t know about you, but those are parts that I usually end up composting.

On another note, did you see the replay of my segment from KATU Afternoon Live from last Friday? I made my mango lime cabbage slaw and it was an extra special show since my parents were there to watch from Michigan. They even got a cameo in my segment! Check it out HERE.

Cheers and enjoy!


  • 1 cup fennel stalks/fronds, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, preferably sprouted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp sea salt


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to desired consistency, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Taste and adjust flavor as desired.


Primal Parsley Pesto (Nut-free)

Primal Parsley Pesto (Nut-free)

Well, I’m back after some extra time away. As some of you know from my posts on Facebook, a lot has happened in the past few weeks, including my mom coming to visit, a lot of work and having to put our sweet Siamese kitty, Mila down (which I had to do when Jesse was out of town). So, I’ve had my ups and downs recently, and definitely some good and bad. I’m grateful for all the wonderful new memories my mom and I made during her stay, and all the support and love I received during the hard time with Mila. Thankfully, we still have our other kitty, Dutch too. Anyway, just wanted all of you to know where I’ve been.


Meanwhile, I’ve had a humongous bag of flat leaf parsley in my fridge since last week (came in my CSA box) and even though I’ve been using it regularly, I just haven’t been able to use enough of it. I hate wasting fresh herbs and produce, so decided to preserve some by making a batch of pesto. Since I can tolerate certain dairy, including small amounts of highly fermented cheeses, I decided to make this a dairy-based pesto with some good quality raw Parmesan. I love the saltiness and creaminess it adds, and the texture too. If you don’t tolerate Parmesan, just omit it and start with a smaller amount of oil, adding more as needed. I’ve made pesto before with no nuts or dairy and it still turned out wonderful. Feel free to also use extra virgin olive oil if you don’t have any avocado oil on hand.

This pesto pairs well with so many different foods, including eggs, chicken, zucchini noodles, greens, tomatoes, fish, Italian sausage, etc. Use as you like!


  • 1 generous cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Scrape down the sides and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Blend again. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Primal Parsley Pesto (Nut-free)