Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nuts

Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nut

Pesto with pine nuts and basil

I love basil pesto and normally when I make something with it, I take the easy route and buy the little jar of premade pesto. The problem for me is that it is full of oil making a 1/4 cup 240 calories! I wanted to try and make a homemade basil pesto that was a little lighter. I lightened up the oil and added some pine nuts into this one because I wanted a subtle, sweet flavor and crunch to my basil pesto. Plus, a 1/4 cup of this has 142 calories.  (more…)

Pesto Chicken Salad

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This pesto chicken salad brings all of my favorite ingredients together and is beyond filling!
The fresh cherry tomatoes are sweet and the chopped walnuts bring that crunch, while the pesto eliminates the need for any heavy dressings.
Some of my friends have been asking me for ways other than shakes to get the protein necessary after an awesome workout and I would suggest this.

Now excuse me while I finish my dinner… =]

1. I cooked the chicken my favorite way; 20 minutes, 450 degrees. I cooked my broccoli in the microwave with a little water. Cut up the chicken and toss in pesto.

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2. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl, except balsamic. Add balsamic when ready to serve.

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Seriously… this is so easy, you don’t have an excuse!

Nutritional Information:  Calories – 419     Fat –  27 g     Carbs – 31 g     Protein – 35 g