Walnut Basil Loaf


One of my favorite recipes of all time: thank you Christie Tom!

Christie turned me onto this recipe years ago when we were all moving toward a more plant-based diet.

It has become a staple for our family.

We love the hearty “sturdiness” of it as a main course (or sandwich) but also LOVE it on gluten-free crackers or endive “boats” with or without a little faux egg salad (another episode) and a splash of our favorite red pepper “Miso Mayo” as a loved appetizer or snack.

It feels “fancy” but is so satisfying! Every one of the 5 ingredients in this recipe is not just “safe” they’re also SO GOOD for us!

There is a folk explanation of foods’ shapes in relation to the organ in the body that it supports. If this is true, walnuts have a “brain shape” which would suggest benefits for brain health. When we look at the makeup of walnuts, we find that this is true!

Phytonutrient research on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of walnuts has moved this food further and further up the ladder of foods that are protective against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes. Some phytonutrients found in walnuts—for example, the quinone juglone—are found in virtually no other commonly eaten foods. Other phytonutrients—like the tannin tellimagrandin or the flavonol Morin—are also rare and valuable as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients also help explain the decreased risk of certain cancers—including prostate cancer and breast cancer—in relationship to walnut consumption: http://www.whfoods.com.

Scientific studies show the following benefits of basil:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Cancer-fighter
  • Pain-reducer (analgesic)
  • Fever-reducer (antipyretic)
  • Diabetes-preventer
  • Liver-protector (hepatoprotective)
  • Blood vessel-protector
  • Anti-stress solution
  • Immune-booster

Combine these 2 super foods with the other 3 plants in this recipe for an “over-the-top” nutritious AND delicious all-occasion dish!



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