Vegan Pesto Sauce



Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of basil (about 3 cups, loosely packed)
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic
  • 6 Tbsp raw pine nuts or walnuts (or a combination of the two)*
  • 3/4 – 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)**

Preparation:

Place all ingredients except the olive oil and nutritional yeast into a food processor. Process to a finely ground consistency. Add olive oil and process again, until smooth and creamy. If desired, add nutritional yeast and process again until creamy. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

*Classic pesto is made with pine nuts, but it is also delicious with walnuts!

**Nutritional yeast is a delicious addition to this classic pesto and will give it a kind of “cheesy” flavor and a more rich and creamy consistency.

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Education California State University, Chico, CA Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, with Minor in Business - May 2005 3.429 GPA Emphasis in Networking and Internet Experience Oroville Hospital, Oroville, CA Hospital Information Systems Technician I • Served as helpdesk team member fielding calls and educating users on AS400 and PC based applications and peripherals • Executed server backups and Saves using Backup Exec, and tape rotations and storage measures • Designed and implemented web-based, multi-user helpdesk software in PHP and MySQL on a Linux server • Conducted data transfer of billing information and maintenance utilizing HBOC and Cirius group Software • Monitored servers including RAS (Remote Access Server), Exchange server, Domain controller, and AS400 • Performed optical processing from OS400 system Next Step Computers, Oroville, CA Owner/Technician – www.NextStepComputers.net • Implementation and troubleshooting of networks with 802.11b, 802.11g, and Ethernet • Implementation of static and dynamic IP addressing, and network address translation • PC hardware installation, including DSL/Cable installation and configuration, and HD partitioning • PC software installation, including OS installation/re-installation with Linux, Windows and multi-boot systems • Implementation and monitoring of security measures including firewall, IDS, port forwarding and IP masquerading • PC troubleshooting including spy-ware / ad-ware removal, virus removal, and registry cleaning • Design and maintenance of PHP based web sites, with MySQL database backbone • Implementation and administration of servers on Linux and Windows platforms including Apache 1.0 and 2.0, PHP 4.2, MySQL, SSH, FTP, SaMBa Community Involvement Boy Scouts of America, Oroville, CA Eagle Scout – Awarded March 19, 2000 • Positions held include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Quartermaster, and Scribe • Awarded Bronze Eagle Palm Chapter Chief – Order of the Arrow (Honor Society) – Spring 1999 – Spring 2000 • Master of Ceremonies and task master at gatherings: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Camp-o-ree (Competition) Webmaster – Maidu Chapter, Order of the Arrow – Spring 1999 - Summer 2002 - www.gec-bsa.org/maidu

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