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Total time: under 15 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Makes 1½ cups
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In a perfect world, there would always be a little pesto in the fridge or freezer—or the makings would be on hand. If you’re getting bored eating the same old vegetables all the time, give them the pesto treatment For almost no carbs at all, just a spoonful or two will liven up that spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, green beans, a tomato half to be broiled. And even though Italian bread is off the menu for most of us, a smear of pesto and a generous grating of Parmesan on top of a slice of Alvarado Street Bakery’s California Protein Bread bound for the toaster oven comes pretty close to the joys of bruschetta.

The lustier the olive oil for this dish, the better—I use an inexpensive Greek or Spanish extra-virgin oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, preferably small
  • ¼ cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Pour the olive oil into a blender jar or the workbowl of a food processor and add everything else but the cheese. Blend until smooth, scraping down the jar if necessary.

Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the cheese. The pesto will keep a couple of days in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer. If you’re planning to freeze it, leave out the garlic and cheese; add them after it’s defrosted.

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Per 2-tablespoon serving:

Carbohydrate: 1g Plus 0.4g fiber Protein: 2.6g Fat: 20.7g