A friend of mine gave me this pesto recipe about 25 years ago. Most pesto recipes have the basic common ingredients; basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan…… but I have found that the amount of each makes all the different in the final product. I grow basil in my yard all summer. I wait until they get a lot of new growth and keep snipping off the flower to keep it growing. When it is full and has a bunch of new growth I begin the process of cutting it off and making pesto. I go through the process all summer; grow, snip flowers, cut, make pesto. I save jars and use them for the final product. I stick the jars in the freezer and pull one out throughout the year.
Best Ever Pesto (at my house we call it “liquid gold”)
- 2 cups basil leaves
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 T pine nuts
- 2 tsp fresh garlic
- 1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Put it all in a food processor and process until desired consistency. I usually pour the oil in as it is processing and stop when I see it get the way I like it. You need to experiment. Growing basil and making your own pesto is well worth the little work it takes. Every Italian dish you make will become awesome! Wondering what to do with that chicken breast on Wednesday night???? Done! Enjoy and hand it down!
Looking for a yummy, low carb, option for the grill this summer? Throw these bad boys on! Cut a slit in the jalapenos, clean out the seeds (or not), fill with cream cheese, wrap in bacon, and stick with a toothpick. I wear rubber gloves when cleaning out the seeds. Grill until bacon is done. I can never make enough of these. Enjoy, and hand it down!
Week Two Update
Week two went very much like week one, but I didn’t take a Freebee Friday. Carbs average was 75 g for the week and calories average was 1458. Remember, I am not counting calories, but feel they are staying pretty low because I’m not “dieting” and I don’t feel hungry.
What I did right:
- I added the milk thistle and apple cider vinegar
- Worked out 4 times 30 minutes each time. I did a combination of tread mill, weights and some crazy free dancing!
- Lost another 1.5 lbs! (without suffering)
What I learned:
- I love butter, but found ghee is better for me. So I started using that for the first time.
- Almond flour makes great baked goods. (will be posting some recipes)
- You don’t need crust to enjoy pizza, just stack the ingredients like a lasagna and bake. All the yummy flavor is there.
- I drank wine. Enough said, really.
- Going to keep it the same and will update again on this page. I hope you will join me and have picked up a couple of books from the Good Reads section at the bottom of the page. They will change the way you think, if you are a carb-o-holic and change your body too. Stay tuned!
Yeah, I know. You cut out all the white carbs and are starving! What do I eat now? If you love snacking or are not sure what to serve at a party that you can eat, here is my go to appetizer. The deli meats are uncured. There is a variety of peppers, pickles, sharp cheddar, and some olives are hiding there too. Practically zero carbs and oh so yummy.