If basil is bursting from your garden and you’ve always wanted to make homemade pesto| but don’t love that it can be high in calories (one-quarter-cup serving is 276 calories)| here’s a lower-cal recipe that delivers all that fresh| sweet basil flavor| but with fewer calories and no cholesterol.
Vegans| Paleo people| and others avoiding dairy| rejoice! This recipe involves no cheese| so you can really savor the deliciously bold basil flavor. This recipe couldn’t be easily to whip up| and once you do| use it to top toasted bread or pizza dough instead of tomato sauce. Add it to warm pasta with peas| or stir it into roasted veggies to add to risotto.
Be sure to choose leaves from a basil plant that hasn’t yet flowered ¡ª the flowers can make the leaves taste bitter.