Friday, September 21, 2012

Basil Pesto Cucumber Bites

You’ve probably seen that I’m eating raw this week.  It’s been 4 days now and I’m loving it.  More surprisingly, Andy is loving it too.  We been eating some fabulous raw food and exercising, sleeping more and taking Epsom salt baths.  I also got a massage from my wonderful friend Jen.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed when eating raw is that when I get hungry, I need to eat quickly.  If not I become an angry mama monster- and this isn’t fun for anyone. 

To keep things from getting ugly I like to make sure I’ve got raw snacks readily available.  These can be as simple as a piece of fruit or some carrots.  I keep raw granola and raw crackers in case I need something more substantial.  But when I'm cleansing I prefer to eat mostly fruits and veggies so having some creative veggie snacks is nice too.  Enter my cucumber bites.

I originally made these for Andy’s coming home party.  I’m pretty sure no one knew they were eating raw- or a pesto without dairy! I had some of the pesto left over and it kept for a couple days after the party.  I’m not sure about how long it would actually keep since I devoured it all so quickly.  I do love that I can keep a batch in the fridge ready for any mama monster moments though.

Basil Pesto Cucumber Bites

¾ cup pine nuts
1 cup fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1/8 tsp Sea salt
1 lemon

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

In a food processor, pulse pine nuts 2-3 times until they are chunky.

Add remaining pesto ingredients and pulse until basil is finely chopped.

Taste and add more lemon or salt as desired.
Scoop pesto onto cucumber slices and serve with a lemon wedge.

I’m looking forward to eating this the next time the mama monster comes calling.

This post is shared at Simple Lives Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Pennywise Platter ThursdayKeep It Real Thursdays, Monday Mania, Meatless Monday, and Melt in Your Mouth Monday.


  1. Super idea for a healthy snack. I was trying to think of things to do with all the end of season basil. Thanks for sharing on Melt in Your Mouth Mondays!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I wish I had a garden full of basil right now!!