Light Pesto Sauce

"My pesto sauce uses less oil than most pesto sauces. This makes it thicker, but it also makes it a lot lighter. NOTE: This recipe works perfectly if you want to substitute cilantro for basil, and if you use walnuts, almonds, or pecans in place of the pine nuts."
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  • Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks.
  • Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped.
  • Add cheese and ¼ cup of the olive oil, and pulse until blended.
  • Pesto will be thick, so add more olive oil if desired for a looser consistency.

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  1. This is my second attempt. Are these reviews coming through? Anyway, I like the fact that calories are kept down, but I do it by reducing the amount of cheese. Olive oil is good for you!


I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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