I have a very old cookbook that has recipes in it going back many generations on the Italian side of my family. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that were made by one woman (several “great” aunts back) and many subsequent generations thereafter.
Now, I should say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen or heard from that side of the family. But, I have this wonderful book that not only gives me tons of wonderful recipes to convert, but also a little sneak peek into my adopted culinary past (my father was adopted by my grandfather who was from Sicily).
So to say these recipes are authentic is redundant. To say they are fabulously tasty is just simply the truth.
Here’s one of my favorites. My clean eating version, of course.
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Clean Eating Pesto Sauce
(Makes approximately 5 cups)
Note: Pesto is very high in fat. However, if you use it in small amounts for adding flavor to other foods, it’s a fantastic way to get the flavor with just limited amounts of fat.
- 4 cups fresh basil, somewhat packed
- 4 cloves fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
- Add salt to taste, and blend again to combine thoroughly.
(Data is for 2 tablespoons)
Total Fat: 6 gm
Saturated Fats: 1 gm
Trans Fats: 0 gm
Cholesterol: 2 mg
Sodium: 97 mg
Carbohydrates: 0 gm
Dietary fiber: 0 gm
Sugars: 0 gm
Protein: 1 gm
Estimated Glycemic Load: 0
Please Note: Nutritional information estimated at Nutritiondata.com. Data may not be accurate and is subject to the availability of specific foods in their database. Where one ingredient is not listed, substitutions must be used. Therefore, you should not refer to this data as being exact. It’s more of a ballpark figure. The Gracious Pantry does not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided as a courtesy and general reference only. It is not exact.