This may sound totally unappealing to most of you, but I promise it was good and really low in fat the way I made it. I wish you could see more of the cous cous in the above picture. Had I realized I was going to post about the actual pesto I would have taken better pictures of the steps I took!!! I get grumpy and hungry come supper time around here (so does the hubster) leaving little wiggle room for the "perfect pic" of the meal I have created!!! Anyway, above, I put the Israeli Cous Cous (larger grains than typical cous cous), that I tossed with the pesto, on top of a bed of arugula-like arugula much?? As you may remember from last week's post, I put roasted zucchini and fresh tomatoes and feta on top. Yumm!!!!
A LOT of Basil
3-4 garlic cloves
2-3 handfuls of arugula
Parmesan Cheese-(grated from 365 form Whole Foods is a fave)
S+P as needed
I put all of these above ingredients in the blender and ran until pesto consistency. I added chicken broth as needed but you could also use water if trying to stay low fat or olive oil to make it even better. In my recipe I just use a very small amount of EVOO but I think the more you use the better it tastes sometimes!!
I have made this same recipe, but substitute the arugula with spinach and that is even better in my opinion!!! You could totally add pine nuts or walnuts but I don't A) because I never have them on hand and B) trying to stay lower in fat. Perfect to put on a pizza, toss with cous cous, make spaghetti, top off bruschetta or put a dollop on shrimp/chicken/fish..
On a completely unrelated note, I made pancakes this weekend from a mix I picked up at Trader Joe's.
The mix calls for milk, eggs and oil. I had no oil, except for olive oil. I also had no applesauce to substitute in for the oil. So, I put my cooking cap on and rifled around the fridge and found some low fat sour cream. I thought, well, people make biscuits and cakes with sour cream sometimes, why not try it in pancake mix? So, I did and also added vanilla extract and raw sugar. Let me tell you they were delicious and low fat to boot!!!! Just an FYI if you ever get in a pinch, try sour cream. I bet greek yogurt would have worked as well.