Clean Eating Home-Made Pesto

photoSo we’ve done a full week of clean eating, no cheating (RHYME!!!!) and it’s gone…ok. It’s actually quite remarkable to realise how often you do resort to convenience foods or sugary rubbish. Matt has been away with work a LOT this week and has really struggled to stick to the diet whilst trying to grab food on the go in airports, train stations and retail parks. Sadly this has mostly resulted in him not eating rather than eating rubbish, and that has made him feel weak and a bit rubbish.

Also, last week I googled a whole load of clean-eating recipes and we’ve been working our way through those. The problem is, it’s a lot of food we dont usually eat and a lot of ingredients…you know when you first do a recipe and you feel you need to buy EVERY ingredient on the list, even though you have something similar in the cupboard but you daren’t substitute the first time around. So this week we were looking for some slightly easier going stuff, and stuff a bit more like what we usually eat. We also need to eat pasta this weekend (wholemeal, obv) as Matt is doing a 12 mile training run so he needs to carb up.

So I thought I’d try my hand at home-made pesto. I got the recipe from a clean-eating site and adapted it a little, but am still not totally happy with the amount of oil in it, so if anyone has any suggestions for adapting this further, gimme a shout.

Ingredients

1 packed cup of fresh basil

1/2 cup parsley

3 tsps garlic (I will confess I use ready prepared garlic in a jar. Bad and wrong but so so easy!!)

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

1/4 cup  low fat parmesan cheese. No need to grate this, just cut it into chunks

1/2 cup roasted pine nuts (just pop them in a dry pan and toast them over medium heat for a couple of mins)

salt and black pepper to taste

Method

Whack it all in a blender and whizz together.

This can be stored in the fridge for a week, and contains about 8 servings

Easy peasy and tasty tasty, but as I said, also oily oily.  It is pretty close in texture to regular pesto so it’s probably spot on,  but I will be doing some more work on this!!

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