Biking to work is one of my favourite things about spring. The mornings are fresh and energizing while the afternoons are aglow with May sunshine. The combination of cardio and vitamin D feels amazing after crawling out of hibernation.
This year something new has sprung up along my pedal powered commute. A market! And a 163 kilometer market to be exact. Good thing I invested in a trusty basket for my cruiser hybrid, the coolest bike ever.
I’m no farmer but I gather there’s not much in season unless you have a greenhouse and some serious skill. That’s why I was jazzed to find wild leeks at GreenMarc Farms, freshly picked and alive with flavour. How fresh can you get without foraging through the forest yourself – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m a busy lady!
I found this lovely recipe for Totally Wild Leek Pesto from My New Roots, nutritionist Sarah Britton’s beautiful food blog. I thought I would give it a try. Turns out it’s the bomb. Totally healthy, super easy and wildly delicious!
How healthy? I’m talking vegan, mostly raw and gluten-free. How easy? It took me less than 30 minutes, pedaling time not included. How delicious? Let’s just say my partner, who prefers meat and potatoes over greens and goji berries, wolfed down his portion and asked for more before I could say “let’s watch Glee”.
Tricked you, honey! That sinfully creamy sauce is made from cashews and green things, not cheese and, well, more cheese. He didn’t seem to mind at all.
All you need for this rad recipe is 1 bunch of wild leeks, ½ cup cashews, 1 clove garlic, 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey), a pinch of sea salt and the zest and juice of one lemon. Serve over brown rice pasta or other whole grain noodles of your choice.
For the full recipe, check out wild pesto leek pesto. And be sure to check out GreenMarc Farms at 4537 County Road 124 between Collingwood and Nottawa for delicious local ingredients all summer long. Tell Mike I sent you.
Article by Dr. Aranka Jones - a naturopathic doctor and owner of Sakura Naturopathic Clinic + Organic Spa.