Pesto Pasta

• 1 1/2 cups fresh basil (loosely packed)

• 1/3 cup olive oil or other flavorful oil

• 1 cup nuts or seeds of choice (walnuts, cashews, or sunflower seeds are ideal)

• 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (can sub parmesan cheese)

• 3/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 2 cloves garlic (you can opt for roasted garlic for a more savory flavor)

Combine above ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Mix into 1 package of cooked pasta (preferably whole wheat or brown rice pasta). Add roasted veggies, sautéed garbanzo beans, and/or lean meat of choice for variation.