This week instead of going to the spa, we’re whipping up spa inspired Easter cuisine that will surprise your guests & tingle their taste buds. Justin Marx , CEO of Marx Foods, whips us up a meal with an ingredient he actually foraged stinging nettles!
Stinging nettles are not only delicious and nutrient rich (high in calcium, iron, beta carotene and potassium) and great for anemia and allergies, but they also make some fun home beauty treatments.
Nettle Pesto Eggs
“Green Eggs and Ham grown up to the max!”
Make the Stinging Nettle Pesto
1/4 c grated lemon zest
1/2 lb. Stinging Nettles
2 cloves garlic
4 oz. pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
toasted shallots (to taste)
Blanch nettles, by putting in a pot of salted boiling water for 90 seconds (wear gloves, because stinging nettles do sting!) Drain and squeeze water out. Rough chop, then add all ingredients above into a vita mixer or blender. Add olive oil until reaches top of nettles and blend.
(note – can save pesto for other recipes. Pizza base, bruschetta in place of any pesto, pasta, use within a week in fridge.)
Scramble the eggs adding in pesto. (per two eggs, a heaping tablespoon of pesto.) Scramble per usual and ta da!
Healthy eating tip from Justin: Healthy foods taste the best – once you de-program your palate and open it to fresh and seasonal foods – just like nettles – you won’t go back
Tip for moms to get kids to try, read green eggs and ham from Dr. Seuss and add tell kids that’s what they’re eating
Beauty trick: Save the water from the nettles to rinse your hair – awesome for shine and circulation
Live long and spa often y’all!