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Meatless Monday: Lightened Roasted Red Pepper Pesto 
 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:38 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2010 9:42 am

There are night's when you just feel like grazing. I actually love those evenings.We'll put out small plates of fruit, fresh and pickled veggies, crackers and cheese. We'll throw in a movie and everyone chills, snacks and enjoys the flick.

We recently had one of those nights with fresh, locally grown apples and strawberries, goat cheeses from our friends at Prairie Fruits Farm, and veggies, including Moroccan-Style Pickled Carrots. But I wanted just one more thing.

I have been wanting to try my hand at a variety of pesto for some time and saw this as a great opportunity. If it didn't turn out, there was plenty else to eat.

I've shied away from pesto because high in the ingredients list is usually at least 1/4 cup of oil. I feared that reducing the amount of oil or substituting for it would change the dish dramatically.

That was not the case here. This pesto had a wonderful flavor, with the red peppers, basil, and parsley coming through individually and in a wonderful combination. I served it on some whole wheat bruschetta. The pesto is only 144 calories with 13 grams of fat and 1 of fiber.

My vegetarian and vegan friends can feel free to substitute a Parmesan substitute to take this dish beyond meatless.

And, if you're looking for a less dense version of this dish, drizzle in some vegetable broth as you blend it.

This pesto can also be combined with pasta as a main course.

Let's eat!

Get the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie.

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Comments
Sep. 21, 2010 5:44 am
Great blog--your recipe sugggestions look fabulous!
 
Sep. 21, 2010 10:11 pm
thanks!
 
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Sep. 28, 2010 9:42 am
YUM!! This is a great recipe. We host a weekly recipe contest at MenusFirst.com. Check it out and enter your recipe to win. Rebecca
 
 
 
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I love food! But I let that love get the best of me and my weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. My wife and I joined Weight Watchers and, over a three-year period, I lost 100 pounds. However, I refused to give up on the foods I love, from Alfredo to cheeseburgers. I set out to find ways to eat almost anything I wanted, but to prepare it in a healthy way. Now, I'm sharing my love of food and cooking with others interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
 
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