Fresh and Natural Ingredients

It’s pretty sad how one of the main drivers of obesity is the convenience factor of food.  Everyone tends to live such busy lives; there’s never enough time to make a fresh meal and there definitely isn’t such a thing as “quick and healthy”, only “fast and greasy” in today’s society.  When you do find some down time at home, instead of spending it on the couch or lounging around the house, spend some time in the kitchen learning a new recipe or perhaps cooking a huge meal so you have leftovers to last you into the busy work week.

Over the weekend, I decided to make homemade pesto sauce.  I was craving it and wanted to try a new recipe.  The ingredients are simple enough and man, it was good.  Bjorn and I could eat spoonfuls of just the pesto sauce.  I vow to never buy jarred pesto sauce ever again.  Even if I’m in a hurry and if it’s convenient.  Also, just for kicks, I decided to look up ingredients of what’s in a bottle of jarred pesto sauce.  I’m not even sure what some of this stuff is…  So, back to my initial thought above, things that are convenient are not always the best option; if you have time and energy to make something from scratch, do it, and your body will thank you.

In case you are interested… Here’s what’s included in Classico’s pesto sauce: Basil, Soybean Oil, Garlic, Romano Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Olive Oil, Spice, Salt, Lactic Acid, Torula Yeast, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors (Soy).

Even worse, here’s what’s included in Knorr’s Pesto Sauce packets (just add water and olive oil!): Salt, Sugar, Corn Starch, Garlic Powder, Basil, Spinach, Monosodium glutamate, Parsley, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Parmesan Cheese (Milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes), Maltodextrin, Guar Gum, Whey, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Nonfat Dry Milk, Yeast Extract, Spice, Disodium Phosphate, Mono & Diglycerides, Wheat Flour, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Natural flavors, Malic Acid.

Basil Pesto Sauce

Makes approximately 8 oz

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (sorry, not Paleo!)
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Add basil leaves, pine nuts, and garlic to food processor.  Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add oil and process until smooth.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and process until mixed in.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Serve atop grilled chicken breast, as a sauce with pasta, or as a spread in a sandwich.

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