Spicy Cilantro Pesto

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  • 2 cups packed cilantro
  • ¼ cup hulled sunflower seeds, toasted, optional
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ package extra firm silken tofu (about 6 ounces), drained
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast, optional

An appealing alternative to traditional basil pesto, this goes well with a variety of foods.

From The Forks Over Knives Plan


Combine the cilantro, sunflower seeds (if using), jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime zest and juice, salt, tofu, and nutritional yeast (if using) in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.

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