I am blown away by how good this is. This tastes a lot like the creamy Caesar at Texas Roadhouse. But, there’s one key difference: theirs is a staggering 11 points for 2 ounces, while mine is only 3 points for 2 ounces. Boom!
As a second generation Italian (pronounced “Eye-talian”), Pesto sauce is practically in my blood. The big issue I’ve always had is how much oil is usually used: a jar of pesto from the supermarket that’s separated will be half-full with just the oil. I worked on using less oil, which works somewhat, but still doesn’t take care of the root issue: there’s still a ton of calories in oil.
But, this treatment fixes that. I remember seeing a recipe years ago where someone used stock to replace oil, and I decided to try that here. It works, though you don’t have that clingy luxuriousness that oil brings. But, if you noticed that first line above, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make: regular pesto is a staggering 9 Weight Watchers points per 2 ounces, and even reduced fat pesto is 4 points.
Besides the stock, I also shaved off some points using almonds (5 points), which are lighter than most other nuts (8 points for pine nuts and most others). Note that using reduced fat grated parmesan doesn’t change the point value (2 points vs 5 for regular cheese), but it does greatly affect the taste! Freshly-grated parmesano reggiano cheese really makes this pesto sing.
More fun with pesto: you can replace the greens with just about anything. See the Recipe Notes after the recipe for some suggestions.
Baba Ganoush is one of those rare recipes that’s incredibly healthy without having to make any adjustments.
when life gives you blueberries…
This is what I ended up making with a good portion of that box on the left. The great thing about making a barbecue sauce is that there’s a lot of variability, and a lot of room for you to get creative. Change the type of pepper. Use a different kind of mustard or vinegar. Throw some garlic in there. Explore!
I substituted a lot of the heavy ingredients you normally have in barbecue sauce with lighter things, and it’s delicious. This also works with blackberries, though you will have a bit of a crunch from the blackberry seeds.