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PRESTO! PESTO! February 19, 2010

Filed under: 1 — bonhuse @ 1:35 am

Of all the things I’ve discovered in my search for delectable diet dishes, this may be one of the handiest ones yet!  Very versatile and really delicious — I plan on having a pint or so on hand at all times.  According to Weight Watchers,  it is a mere 1 point (51 calories) for two tablespoons.   We love it just drizzled over sliced fresh tomatoes, but I have also added it to soup to spice it up.  It is REALLY delicious on hot cooked pasta, or so I am told by my non-dieting tasters!!   And unlike traditional Pesto, this has an extra little  hit of healthiness by adding some steamed fresh spinach.  

SPINACH-BASIL PESTO SAUCE

2 cups packed spinach leaves

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup vegetable stock.. reduced sodium preferably

1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse spinach and place the top of a steamer.  Bring water to boil and steam until JUST wilted — it doesn’t take more than a minute or 2.  (If you don’t have a steamer, obviously you can boil it)  Drain and rinse under cold running water.   Squeeze out excess water and place in food processor.

Add basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper.  Pulse until coarsely chopped.  Add broth and oil and process until smooth.  Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days, or freeze up to 3 months. 

Note:  This makes a fairly dense, thick Pesto.  I added a little extra olive oil and vegetable broth to make it slightly more “pourable”.  If you make it thinner, you could also use it as a dipping sauce for bread, which of course, is a big NO – NO for me right now, but BOY, that would really be good too! 

So yesterday was my 2nd weight watchers meeting and VOILA — I lost 3.6 pounds the first week.  That added to my pre-weight watcher’s efforts makes about a total of 7 pounds.  I’m a happy girl.  That is great for two weeks, but again… it is bound to slow down.   

On Monday (President’s Day) the weather was gorgeous so we played golf.  It’s been months, and I miss it so much, so I couldn’t wait to get out there.  WELLLLL,  I’m afraid I tweaked my knee a bit again, and so this week I’ve had to pass on the lap swimming.  Phooey!  A couple of days more and it will be fine, but that may slow down my progress a bit! 

FORTY-FOUR days until the wedding!    Short of becoming bulimic, I am doing everything I can to lose weight, BUT stay healthy.   So whatever the result by the time the big day is here, it will be an improvement!  There was nowhere to go but UP.  (Or, DOWN, I guess,  in this case. ) 

We have a very exciting dinner planned for tomorrow night!  Imagine my JOY at finding a weight-watcher recipe that includes PORK!  Turns out that “the other white meat” actually isn’t that fattening UNLESS you cook it the way I typically do.  That would be roasted and then swimming in brown gravy, right next to a pile of mashed potatoes and some potentially healthy vegetable that I have smothered in butter or some creamy sauce.  Either that or I use a really nice FATTY cut of pork, add pasilla peppers and onions and cook it in the crock pot in its very own ample FAT.  When it falls apart and is swimming in its own juices, we put it on tortillas (I like a little butter on the tortilla first, of course) and roll it up.  (Hopefully I will not drool on my keyboard and electrocute myself as I write this….) 

Needless to say, this recipe is a bit different that the above choices, but it sounds really good and has hot peppers and onions and good stuff in it.  IF it turns out to be a hit, it will be in my next BLOG. 

That is the recipe du jour and my update on “Being Good”.   It hasn’t been that difficult yet– at least I haven’t had the urge to bury my face in a big juicy hamburger or eat an entire bag of peanut butter M&M’s.   ONE day at a time.

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One Response to “PRESTO! PESTO!”

  1. Kimber Westmore Says:

    Hi Bonnie, I am a fellow weight watcher and can’t wait to make this pesto. Bob likes sauce of some kind on everything he eats so this will be great to have available. Glad you’re back!!!!


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