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For a while now, I’ve been looking for a good Weight Watchers Pesto Recipe that still had all the flavor, but with less PointsPlus.
After playing around with a combination of a few recipes, I finally came up with one that turned out really well, yet didn’t sacrifice the pine nuts, the Parmesan or the olive oil….these are 3 staples in a traditional pesto recipe, and I felt that they could not be sacrificed.
However, by reducing the amounts of those ingredients, and increasing the amounts of the lower calorie ingredients, I was able to get the end result at just 2 Points for a 1/4 cup serving!
Since pesto is pretty powerful, and not much is needed to deliver it’s fabulous flavor, I feel that this is seriously a great bargain. Try this recipe yourself, and serve it over chicken, fish, roasted veggies, 0 Calorie Miracle Noodles, or as a dip for some low calorie breadsticks.
Ah, the possibilities are endless.
If you are a Weight Watcher who loves pesto sauce, this recipe is a must try.
Low Calorie Pesto Sauce Recipe
This healthier, low calorie version of a traditional pesto sauce recipe, is a truly a force to be reckoned with. Enjoy all the flavors you love, but with just 2 Points for each 1/4 cup serving. Serve it over chicken, fish, pasta, pizza…whatever your pesto loving heart desires. And indulge, knowing that this easy pesto sauce is guilt free!
- 1 cup fresh basil, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tbs fat free vegetable broth
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend to desired consistency. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: Italian
Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is ¼ cup
Each serving = 2 Points
PER SERVING: 108 calories; 8g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber