Foodie Friday: Skinny Spinach Basil Pesto

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For a couple of weeks I was on a serious cottage cheese kick. It started with my cottage cheese oats and didn’t stop there! It’s a great way to add extra protein to your favorite dishes and add a little extra creaminess too. I was really in the mood for a pesto-y kinda lunch but unfortunately it looked like the pesto in the fridge had seen better days. Whoops..  good thing we had everything I needed to whip up my own skinny-fied version.

Skinny Spinach Basil Pesto

Makes 1 serving

Skinny Spinach Basil Pesto

Ingredients
– 1/3 cup cottage cheese [I used low fat Daisy]
– 1/2 cup spinach
– 5-10 fresh basil leaves
– 2 tsp nutritional yeast*
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tbsp pistachios
– 1 tsp McCormick Garlic Pepper Seasoning

Directions
Put all ingredients into a food processor and give it a whirl until smooth.

I tossed my pesto into a pan with zucchini noodles, roasted kabocha, and a filet of sole. Once it warmed up, the cottage cheese got extra creamy and melty. Just what I was looking for!

*Nutritional yeast can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

Nutritional Information
Per single serving of pesto

113 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  8g Carbs  /  3g Fiber  /  3g Sugar  /  11g Protein

This reminds me, I really need to make this again soon! And with that, it’s about time I get myself ready for a relaxing wine country getaway with my husband of almost 1 year. Can’t believe how quickly time flies.

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Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

Are you a pesto fan?
Do you have any big plans for the weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #84: Kitchen Wins

Yesterday was a really good day in the kitchen. Not too often do I dream up a couple of ideas and actually have them workout on the first try. I have an idea for a new smuice recipe to try out that I planned on testing yesterday, but for once, I actually wasn’t that hungry. Weird! That’s ok though, I had 2 successes and a third might have been pushing it.

Pre-Workout
Chocolate Coconut Almond VEGA Energy Sport Bar
I wasn’t overly hungry when I woke up but felt like I needed a little something in my stomach before my workout. A piece of the chocolate coconut almond VEGA bar hit the spot. It’s so good! And everyone likes chocolate in the morning, right? Right.

Breakfast
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Souffle Pancake
Peanut butter banana protein souffle pancake drizzled with freshly made coconut cashew butter. This recipe will be on the blog this week. I legitimately had to stop myself and slow down a few times because it was so good. I mean, yes, I was really hungry. But damn, this was good!

Lunch
Skinny Spinach Basil Pesto Zucchini Noodles Kabocha Squash
Zucchini noodles, kabocha squash, and baked sole with skinny spinach basil pesto. I was already going to skinny-down the pesto that we had in the fridge but when I opened it, I guess we’d had it for just a little too long.. whoops! This pesto came together perfectly and was so light and delicious. Another recipe that will be posted soon 🙂 Also pretty miraculous – this kabocha has lasted 3 days now! That just does not happen around here.

Snack
Goji Ginger Reeds Kombucha
Like I said, just really not that hungry but I was in the mood for something bubbly. Goji ginger might just be my favorite flavor of Reed’s. I also snuck a couple bites of pineapple. It’s so good right now.. super sweet!

Dinner
Los Moles Taco Tuesday
Los Moles Cucumber Margarita
Taco Tuesday at the Mexican joint around the corner = all you can eat tacos. You know I went back for seconds [and left stuffed]! The corn tortillas were homemade and the pollo al pastor and veggie tacos were legit. I also LOVED the grilled onions and roasted garlic. I’m pretty sure I ate an entire head of garlic. I also got really excited about the cucumber margarita and asked for light agave, but it ended up being pretty sweet anyway. Next time, I’ll stick to what I know; cucumber vodka + soda. That’s my jam.

Food for Thought

Do you ever have days where everything just seems to go right in the kitchen?
What’s your favorite pre-workout snack?