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Welcome to Thistle Me Not

Welcome to Thistlemenot! We hope you find health in the food you make, happiness in the reflections that you practice, and heart in each and every post.

We strive to create, modify, and adapt recipes to provide mostly vegan recipes, with easy to follow directions while incorporating milk thistle. Hopefully milk thistle will help naturally liver detoxify and rejuvenate livers for those with hepatitis c, and other liver degradation, as well as healthy livers to stay healthy. This blog is not intended to cure or give medical advice, to diagnose or dose, but to simply assist in incorporating milk thistle into simple plant based recipes.

Spring is in the air and coming soon…just like this blog! We are working hard to get the content and the formatting just right to bring our best to you.


Here is how we use milk thistle in this blog:

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Looking Up

Who will you find when you look around to see all who are lost? Will you see that those who are your greatest supports need support too? Will you see that those who inspire you need inspiration?

We wander and think no one will ever find us. And lifting our sorry head, we are next to each other.

Mark Nepo

Perhaps if you have the courage to look deeply enough you will find that the greatest wanderers are those who you consider enemies, strange, or annoyances, and perhaps you will be brave enough to look from their perspective; whatever weight binds them may be what keeps them from even lifting their heads to know that they are not alone. 

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Thistle Me Pesto

There is no fresher summer smell than basil. Every summer my mommy and I would harvest the basil Daddy had planted. We would carefully choose and scrub each leaf, and the scent of basil would infuse into our hands and our souls. I swear to you, I never feel more Italian then when we are harvesting basil for pesto.


This is where I learned ahimsa, or non-harming. My mother has great compassion for all living creatures. Every beetle, every spider, every caterpillar, you-name-the-little-bug found their way outside. 


Every little one, every time. No effort was too big, no creature too small. 


Mommy and I would take the freshest leaves, pack them into the blender with olive oil, rosemary, parmesan, pecorino, salt and pepper, toasted pecans, and garlic. Sunshine warmed leaves, browned garlic and rosemary infused olive oil, and cold, crisp cheeses. If you close your eyes really tight, you will feel like you are in Italia, sitting on the little stone piazza, the smells ticking your senses.


Frozen in large batches, the moment I open a container and close my eyes, in the dead of winter, I feel the warmth radiating and I’m little again, scooping creatures into my tiny hands to set free. Freeze yourself a little sunshine, preserve a memory, cultivate your compassion. Make some pesto.


Thistle Me Non-Traditional Basil Pesto
Rosemary and garlic infused basil pesto with a thistle addition.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  2. 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  5. 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1 Tablespoon ground thistle seed
  7. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  8. 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
  9. 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat olive oil, rosemary, and garlic in a saucepan, until garlic cloves are browned. Set oil aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, add basil, garlic, and tossed pecans and pulse until thoroughly combined.
  3. Slowly add the cooled oil until well mixed and the pesto is smooth.
  4. Add cheeses, and blend.
  5. Add thistle, salt and pepper.
  6. If freezing, spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and drizzle a bit of oil over the top.
  7. Enjoy in the heat of summer, cool of winter, or any season of love in between.
Adapted from Basil Pesto Recipe (any traditional will do!)
Thistle Me Not
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Speaking with Respect

How kindly do we speak to those we love? Do we speak to our family with the same kind words we would use when talking with a friend? What about self talk; do you speak to you in the way you speak to your love?

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” 
― Albert Einstein

Treat everyone and everything with respect. Become aware of the words you use in speaking with others today. Become aware of the words you use when you speak with yourself.