Sigh! The question is can you get supreme flavor with less oil, less nuts, those heavy calorie hitters? The one in my fridge which took about 5 minutes to make has a mere 28 calories per tablespoon, a far cry from the classic one. The small amount of oil is enhanced and evenly blended with just a splash of water.
Consider growing a pot of basil on your patio, in your yard, on a sunny window sill. You'll find all kinds of delicious uses for it—in salads, soups and you'll want to have a stash of pesto at the ready in the fridge.
Pesto freezes beautifully in ice cube containers so that you can use a small amount at a time for your dish.
Pine nuts can be purchased already toasted; if you have raw ones, then slip them into a 350F degree oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
This step is important as it brings out the oil in the nuts.
Since you're only using 1 tablespoon of olive oil, go for the best quality you can find and make certain it is extra-virgin.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *1
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *1
Low Fat Vegan Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.2g
Total Carbohydrates 0.8g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.