Mushroom & Chia Pesto Recipe

INSPIRED BY THE MAYANS

mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans
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tamale cups made with mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans
salisbury steak over mashed plantains made with mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans

Ancient Mayan people firmly believed chia seeds possessed supernatural powers and used it in religious practice. Also, in Mayan the word chia means strength. It was a tiny seed touted for providing stamina to warriors.

 

Today, a modern Mexican tribe uses chia in a mixed drink, which supposedly enables them to run hundreds of miles. Meanwhile, Mayans believed mushrooms created psychedelic effects. Together, mushrooms and chia seeds are important to Mayan culture and beliefs.

mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans
SAVE FOR LATER

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 cups chopped mixed fresh mushrooms

1 loosely-packed cup fresh basil

1/3 cup fresh mozzarella cheese

1/2 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.

  2. If using a mortar and pestle, crush the chia seeds until a fine crumb forms. Add the mushrooms and basil, and mash until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.

  3. Store pesto in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use throughout the week in the next two recipes. Pesto can last in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.

Uses

tamale cups made with mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans

Tamale Cups

The corn husk-wrapped Mayan tamale is a portable serving of starch encasing a protein-based filling. They carry an important role in the cuisine among Mayan people. They are traditionally wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves, and then steamed. Some Mayan tamales featured turkey or iguana.

salisbury steak over mashed plantains made with mushroom and chia seed pesto inspired by Mayans

Salisbury Steak

American physician Dr. Salisbury invented this beef dish, and as a result it was named Salisbury steak. Traditionally, Salisbury steak is served over mashed potatoes. Highlighting a Mayan staple ingredient whose consistency is comparable to potatoes, mashed plantains are substituted instead.