If your busy schedule has you stressed, turn to basil to help calm you down. It just so happens that this flavorful herb contains powerful phytochemicals that can help lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re feeling frazzled.
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- 2 healthy bunches (about 6 cups) gently packed basil leaves
- 1–2 garlic cloves
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup pine nuts, or any other nut
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, or any other hard cheese
Combine half of the basil with the garlic, salt, nuts, and cheese in a blender or food processor. Blend continuously until the ingredients are finely chopped. Next blend in the rest of the basil. Continue blending until a uniform paste has formed. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. With the blender running, stream in the olive oil. Less olive oil will make a paste good for spreading on sandwiches and pizzas; more oil will make a sauce better for pastas and stirring into soup.
Recipe courtesy of thekitchen.com