Sunday, May 19, 2013

Nut-Free Pesto

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend, I know I have. It's been gorgeous here in the bay and this kind of weather puts me in the mood for fresh citrusy food... like pesto!

Have you really ever considered pesto to be citrusy? I have no real idea how "traditional" pesto is supposed to taste, I can't eat pine nuts, but my pesto has some zing to it. I like a lot of lemon.

Mmmmmmmmmmm, nothing quite like a heap of veggies and chicken topped with pesto!

Nut-Free Pesto (serves 8), 5 min

Ingredients:
1 tube of Gourmet Garden Basil Herb Blend Paste (I get mine at Safeway)
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 T minced garlic
5 T of powdered parmesan cheese
4 T of EVOO

Directions:
Squeeze basil into a bowl (this looks really gross and makes some interesting sounds...have fun with it)
Stir in garlic, cheese, and EVOO
Slice lemon in half and squeeze each half over the bowl
Mix until homogenized

Nutrition information (I got this by entering the ingredients into MyFitnessPal)
96.5 calories, 4.4g carbs, 3.3g fat, 1.3g protein

So far, I've put the pesto on top of pasta, on top of veggies, and on top of chicken, mushrooms, zucchini, and canellini beans (above). It's been excellent each time!

What's your favorite way to eat pesto?? I need some more ideas on how to eat this stuff!

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