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Rice with Basil-Walnut Pesto Recipe

Fresh basil is an excellent food choice because of its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Ounce for ounce, few green vegetables contain as much beta-carotene as basil. Basil also contains volatile oils that can decrease inflammation and provide symptomatic relief from a variety of health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.

To enjoy the many health benefits of basil, give this delicious recipe a try; the quantities listed in the ingredients section are intended to produce 3-4 main-dish servings.


2 cups brown or white rice, cooked
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
3 tablespoons vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


Place basil, parsley, vegetable broth, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and combine with cooked rice. Serve and enjoy while it's warm.


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