I LOVE pesto. I have to admit that sometimes I do have some guilt when eating it however due to all the oil that comes in the packaged variety in the stores. I know, it is olive oil, which is heart healthy - however it is packed with calories, which doesn't help my thighs.
I always purchase fresh, bagged spinach from Costco and came up with this Spinach Pesto recipe that is lighter on calories, but chock full of flavor and absolutely delicious!
4 cups washed, torn baby spinach leaves
3 garlic cloves, halved
3 tablespoons pistachios
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. salt
Place spinach leaves, garlic, pistachios olive oil & chicken broth in blender or food processor. Cover and puree until leaves begin to look crushed. Use a rubber spatula to help to combine pureed mixture. Add Parmesan cheese and 1/8 tsp. salt. Cover and process until spinach pesto mixture is smooth.
Enjoy over grilled meet and/or pasta. YUM!