Lover's Day Pesto

Lover’s Pesto 3 Ways: Wraps, Sauce or Sammies!

Why is this a lover’s pesto you may ask? Most of the ingredients selected for this sultry sauce have powerful natural aphrodisiacs in them to boost your libido just in time for Valentine’s day!

It’s a tasty pesto turkey sandwich while skiing, a romantic fireside pasta dinner under the stars or a wonderful dehydrated “wrap” thats perfect for a sexy backpacking trip. Why is backpacking sexy?! Read Semi-Rad’s article for proof in the…pesto? Enjoy.

Adventure Film School grabbed inspiration from Kimberly Snyder’s article on 25 Foods that are Natural Aphrodisiacs.


Fall / Winter


4-6 servings

Approx. Cost

$ 3 per person

Weight Savings



3/4 cup pine nuts

**(Pine nuts are expensive, try substituting cashews, pecans or walnuts if you are on a budget.)

3 garlic cloves

¼ cup of cold water

** (Notes – Planning to make pesto wraps? You’ll want your consistency to be thicker than a sauce texture. Add 2TB of water at a time instead of 1/4cup all at once. Test as you go.)

1 ripe avocado

1 cup of fresh basil leaves

¼ cup fresh arugula leaves

1TB lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper (or hot chili pepper flakes)


Spice it up! Substitute the pepper for 1tsp hot chili pepper flakes

Sweeten it up! Add 2tsp honey

Indulge! Add 4oz of hard fresh cheese (we used goat gouda from Trader Joe’s)


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Combine the nuts, garlic and water in a blender or food processor until well combined into a smooth sauce.

Add remainder of the ingredients, blending until smooth.

Give your pesto a try. Depending on your desired taste and texture, you may need to add a bit more water or more salt/lemon juice.


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If using the Excalibur Dehydrator, insert nonstick Paraflexx Sheets. (The Paraflexx sheets are reusable, non stick, and keep your drying racks clean when dealing with moist foods, liquid items, fruit rolls and leathers)

If using another dehydrator use designated “liquid trays”, parchment paper, or fruit leather inserts.

Spread about ½ cup of pesto in an evenly distributed circle.

Dehydrate at 145degrees for about 4-6hours.

Peel dried pesto off trays and let cool.

Storing your pesto in large Ziploc bags, flat and in a dark cool place, good for about 2 weeks (with cheese) 4 weeks (without cheese).

Pesto 3 Ways: Wraps, Pasta, or Sandwich’s

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Pesto Roll-up Wraps!

Fill your pesto “leather” with hummus, chicken, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, or beans and rice. Whatever suites your

fancy. Roll up and enjoy this tasty pesto as a wrap

Pesto Pasta

Rehydrate your pesto by soaking in ¼ cup of hot water. Stirring and incorporating back into a sauce. Should take about 15min and 1min stirring back to life and voilà! Presto pesto.

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Pour pesto sauce over your favorite cooked pasta, rice, or quinoa or other carb. Throw in your favorite meat and veggies, and top with fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon!

Pesto Turkey Sandwich

Smear this delicious pesto in a sandwich in substitute for mayonnaise, spicing up any turkey sandwich! Add spinach, sundried tomatoes and artichokes for an extra kick.