Try this Asian Cilantro Pesto recipe in place of traditional basil versions. Great tossed with noodles, to brighten pho, as a pizza base or just spread on a cracker.
1 green onion
1 bunch of cilantro (1 oz)
2 tbls toasted sunflower seeds
2 tbls toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 chili pepper or jalapeno (seeds removed for less heat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tbls minced ginger
1/3 cup oil (additional as needed)
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp salt
Place all of the ingredients in a mini food processor or blender and pulse to combine until desired texture is reached. Or use a mortar and pestle to work into a paste.