Recipe: Paleo Pesto

paleo pesto recipe

How do you make pesto less fattening and more natural? You do it paleo style!

If you haven’t heard of this latest craze, it focuses on avoiding processed and cultivated foods; in short, if it can’t be hunted or gathered it’s not paleo.

This pesto trades in the traditional olive oil for its paleo counterpart the avocado, and nixes the parmesan¬†cheese (you won’t even miss it).

Try it out for a healthier and heartier pesto tonight.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Avocado puree
  • 1/3 cup raw pine nuts (Macadamia nuts and walnuts can be used as a cheaper alternative)
  • 3 garlic cloves

¬†Let’s get started:

1. Start by removing the avocado from its skin, and disposing of the pit.

2. Chop basil and garlic.

3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (I used a Magic Bullet) and pulse until smooth.

4. Serve immediately over tomatos & crustini (pictured) as a great appetizer, whole wheat pasta or use as a salad dressing.

Ilise "Baker Babe" Reilly

Ilise Reilly is the General Manager of Lucille Roberts Fifth Avenue, where she sees first hand the struggles and misconceptions members have with food and exercise. "Exercise burns calories, but if you don't change your eating habits, you will never lose weight!" is commonly heard in her discussions. A "foodie" herself, Ilise has been making over her favorite recipes for years, to make them more nutritional, and has used her love of both food and fitness to compile recipes the fuel the body. " Abs are made in the kitchen," she says, "and I want to help you get yours!"

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