>> Sweet green basil is the traditional favorite, but try other delicious varieties, including lemon, cinnamon, licorice, and purple basils.
>> Buy even-colored, fresh leaves, without any blackening. To store, place stems in a glass with an inch of water; cover with plastic and refrigerate.
>> Layer fresh basil with mozzarella and tomato slices; drizzle with fruity olive oil.
>> Add crushed fresh basil leaves to iced tea or smoothies.
>> Blend any type of fresh basil with butter, garlic, and Parmesan; smear on corn cobs or dab on steamed vegetables.
>> To preserve whole leaves without drying (which destroys flavor), blanch in boiling water for a few seconds, cold rinse, pat dry, and freeze.
>> This antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb is also a surprising source of iron, calcium, and vitamin A.
Mahimahi with Basil-Pistachio Pesto
3/4 cup roasted, unsalted pistachio nuts
1 cup packed basil leaves
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
6 small mahimahi or Alaskan halibut fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
Olive oil cooking spray
Lemon wedges, for garnish
1. Combine first seven ingredients (pistachio nuts through salt) in a food processor; process on low until well mixed and nearly puréed. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. (Makes 1 cup; can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen.)
2. Preheat grill to medium-high. Lightly coat fish fillets with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until just cooked through, about 4–6 minutes on each side. Top each fillet with 1 tablespoon pistachio pesto and garnish with lemon.
|Nutrition Facts Per Serving:|
|Calories: 149 calories|
|% fat calories: 33|
|Saturated Fat: 1g|
James Rouse, ND, and Debra Rouse, ND