Spinach Basil Walnut Pesto Aioli

Sometimes accidents happen. And sometimes they happen to be happy accidents.

I started out making pesto but quickly ran out basil to make a decent sized batch so I decided I would continue adding ingredients until I was happy with the result. My regular pesto turned into a pesto aioli and I’ve been putting it on everything!

Spinach Basil Walnut Pesto Aioli

Makes ~1 Cup

Spinach Basil Walnut Pesto Aioli Cottage Cheese Parmesan Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup fresh basil
– 1 cup baby spinach
– 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
– 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
– 1/4 cup low fat parmesan cheese
– 2 garlic cloves
– 1 tbsp EVOO
– Salt
– Ground black pepper

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Adjust seasoning as wanted.

Nutritional Information
Per 2 tbsp serving

64 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  2g Carbs  /  0g Fiber  /  1g Sugar  /  3g Protein

Food for Thought

Have you ever made a winning recipe by accident?

What I Ate Wednesday #29 – Back in the Swing of Things

You know how every year the holidays sneak up on you and you say “I’m going to be good. I’m not going to overindulge!”? And you know how every year you overindulge? Yea.

Alright, so I didn’t go crazy this year, but I’ve definitely stepped up my game since New Years! More specifically, since Monday. Last week was pretty much a wash with NYE on Monday and New Years day Tuesday. That only left 3 days to get back into my routine and then the weekend hit.

Monday started Tina‘s Best Body Bootcamp; that along with Tone It Up‘s new Love Your Body challenge (you can still sign up!) has really gotten back into the swing of things! Especially since TIU is giving away prizes for checking in! If you follow me on Instagram, you may be getting tired of all of my meals and workouts, but I’m in it to win it, baby!

Barr & Table Tone It Up TIU 5 Day Slim Down 5DSD Peas and Crayons What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Tina Reale Best Body Bootcamp Powercakes Powerbowl Fitmixer Amino Carrots N Cake KIND Snacks

[Pre-Breakfast / Post-Workout]
Fitmixer Amino. This was part of my Fitbloggin’ swag that I just recently started taking advantage of after my morning workouts. I have to admit, I don’t love the fruit punch, but it’s not bad. And it certainly helps me get 2 extra glasses of water down a day!

[Breakfast]
I whipped up a lightened version of my favorite sweet breakfast scramble. Check it out..

– 1 egg
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 banana, mashed
– 1/4 cup squash [I’ve been using pumpkin]
– 1 tbsp ground flax seed
– Cinnamon
– Ginger
– Nutmeg

I just recently started adding the ginger and nutmeg.. it makes it taste like gingerbread!

Scramble it up like eggs and top it with your favorite oatmeal toppings! Aka lots and lots of peanut butter 😉

[Lunch]
Getting back on my salad kick, I topped a bunch of spinach with tons of veggies, chicken, and some healthy spinach basil walnut pesto aioli for my dressing! This dressing was a bit of an accident, but it came out so well!

[Dinner]
Warm kale salad. Sounds a little weird, right? But it’s not. It’s amazing! And it’s an idea I stole from Kasey.

I absolutely love roasted veggies, so while roasting sweet potato, parsnip, tomato, and broccoli, I chopped up some kale, tossed it in a big bowl and threw it in the microwave for about a minute. This softens it and also makes it a little less bitter. For my dressing, I made a tahini nooch sauce, similar to Brittany’s dressing here [I love the little bit of sweetness from the maple syrup!] Then I toss half of the dressing into the kale and massage it in, again, making it a little less bitter. Finally, I throw all of my roasted goodies on top, the rest of the dressing, and some crunchy bits, like sunflower seeds.

Have I convinced you to try it? Because you really should!

[Snacks]
Coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond coconut milk <– a new favorite find!
1/2 grapefruit with stevia.
Madagascar vanilla almond KIND bar.
Apple with peanut fluff.. the only picture I missed!

It definitely feels good to clean up my eating again and get rid of the extra sugar I was eating. And it definitely helps to be getting my butt kicked by TIU and Tina (more details on Tina’s butt-kickings later)!

Food for Thought

Did you overindulge over the holidays? How have you cleaned up your eating recently?