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Recipe: Pesto

pesto - Recipe: Pesto

Although it should be just a few simple ingredients, store-bought pesto often has all sorts of additives. You can’t beat fresh, homemade pesto! We often make a lot of it in the summer when there’s lots of basil and then freeze it in small containers for winter.


  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts or sunflower seeds (they’re cheaper!)
  • 1 ¼ c fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Process nuts until fine.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except oil and chop 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly add oil to make smooth sauce.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, and add oil or basil to adjust desired consistency.
Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Michael Torreiter is a Naturopathic Doctor at CARESPACE. He obtained his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2005, worked at Healing Path for 13 years, and moved to CARESPACE in 2019. About half of Dr. Michael’s practice is focused on Precision Nutrition — a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program that helps people lose weight, gain weight or just improve their diet. In addition, he treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, stress and anxiety, hormonal imbalance and men’s health. As well as being certified in Precision Nutrition, Dr. Michael has completed a Mind/Body Medicine Certification from Harvard Medical School and a certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto. He offers nutrition talks at the Running Room on a regular basis.

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