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Drool-worthy Pesto

…Lily thought so, too (yes, my dog drools THIS much!)

[Miss Lily has packed on 5 POUNDS since her last check-up 1 ½ weeks ago!!! Oklahoma heat = lazy pup and lazier owners!! I think she needs a dietitian 😉 ]

Anyways, pesto is one of those things I love to order when out. But after seeing classic pesto on Jenna’s blog, I wondered, why not make my own? Sounds simple enough, right? And it is…very simple. And divine!

Classic Pesto adapted from Cooking Light

2 Tbsp coarsely chopped walnuts or pine nuts
2 3+ garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups basil leaves (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano + shavings for garnish (optional)
1/4 ½ teaspoon salt
14 ounce box whole wheat pasta
12 ounces chicken breast, grilled and chopped
Pine nuts, garnish (optional)


Cook pasta according to directions. Transfer to a large serving bowl after draining.

Grill chicken breasts until cooked through. Chop into strips and add to pasta.

In a food processor combine pine nuts, garlic, olive-oil, basil, cheese, and salt. Process until smooth.

Top the chicken and pasta with the pesto. Stir until well combined. Garnish with Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano shavings and pine nuts, if desired. Serves 7.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 402 calories; 17 g. fat; 47 mg. cholesterol; 346 mg. sodium; 39.8 g. carbohydrate; 5.1 g. fiber; 25.7 g. protein

Result: This was heavenly!! I only wished Mr. Prevention was there to share it with me. Or my BFF…she’s a pesto lover, too! I will definitely be making more pesto! And with the addition of chicken, it’s a great balance of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy, mono and polyunsaturated fats. I love balance and all-in-one meals!

Life update: We have a house (after approximately 4,345 counter offers over the weekend)! We are scheduled to close July 30th…and I’m very excited about this house (even though I’ve never seen it in person – HA!). More excited than the first home which BOMBED the home inspections. Like so many of you said…everything has a way of working itself out and everything happens for a reason! ALSO, I have received not only one job offer, but a second job offer! While neither of them is in diabetes specifically, one of them has to do with diabetes, and both are wonderful offers. I’ll go into that more when I actually accept one of them. But for now I feel confident in saying, I have a job and that as much as I love my current job, I am embracing the change into a new arena of dietetics. I am feeling very blessed and much more “at ease” with the transition. You know, income and shelter…kinda, sorta important! 😉

It’s been a serious TASK to manage Lily, Mr. Prevention out of town during the week, 12-hour work days with my commute, and keeping a house on the market clean enough to be shown at any time! Plus, interviews and paperwork for real estate up to wazoo!

Happy birthday to my car! It is ONE year old today and has 24,550 miles on it! Holy moly!

Question: Do you drive a lot? How long is your commute to work/school each day?

Thanks for all your support and love during all my life changes! Means so much! Hugs!

Be well,

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  1. June 29, 2010 / 4:43 am

    Firstly, OMG your dog looks like my dog, Petal! And secondly, OMG that pasta looks yummmm! Will be sure to continue checking back in here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. June 29, 2010 / 5:42 am

    My drive to work is only about 5 minutes. My drive to the gym is only 2 minutes! But my hubby makes up for it – he commutes about an hour each way.

  3. June 29, 2010 / 6:23 am

    Happy everything is falling into place for you guys! I have no car and honestly don’t really miss it :).

    Is Lily going to be ready for the snow?! ๐Ÿ™‚
    such a cutie pie

  4. June 29, 2010 / 6:32 am

    Ahhhh, a house AND a job?!? Congrats, girl!!! Sounds like everything is really working out!

  5. June 29, 2010 / 6:46 am

    I love making pesto. I use my summer basil to freeze some pesto for the winter. It’s really easy to make vegan too by simply replacing the Parmesan with nutritional yeast. It tastes just as good!

  6. June 29, 2010 / 6:48 am

    Congrats on the house and job front! How exciting.

    I don’t drive much at all. We live in RI it’s small. Everything is 5 minutes away. It’s kind of nice.

  7. June 29, 2010 / 6:50 am

    I love pesto! Nothing beats fresh pesto in the summer!

    Congrats on the house!!! So exciting!

  8. June 29, 2010 / 7:06 am

    That is some drool!

    I drive about 18 miles each way to and from work.

  9. June 29, 2010 / 7:08 am

    Congrats on the job, and the house! Its so amazing how things just come together =) And that pesto…well..I’m obsessed!

  10. June 29, 2010 / 7:17 am

    My drive is shorter than it seems (silly Chicago traffic). It’s less than 18 miles, but it takes FOREVER to get there in the morning…

    Either way, my car is definitely packing on the miles slowly… eek!

    Congrats on closing! I hope everything will go smoothly!

  11. June 29, 2010 / 7:21 am

    I walk across the street to school every day. It’s exhausting ๐Ÿ˜›

    That pesto looks awesome! Definitely one of my favorite pasta sauces. I always make batches upon batches during the summer and freeze them for winter.

  12. June 29, 2010 / 7:33 am

    Hahahaha Lily is hilarious. <3

    I love pesto! It's been my favorite sauce for ages now. ๐Ÿ˜€

    And congrats on both the house and the job offers!

  13. June 29, 2010 / 7:43 am

    Congrats on the house and the job!
    The pesto looks fresh and delicious. It’s really drool worthy ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. June 29, 2010 / 7:53 am

    Oh my gosh,our bulldog drools SO much too..especially in the summer, but you gotta love em’! And I always buy pesto, but I should really try my hand at making my own.

  15. June 29, 2010 / 7:57 am

    Congrats on all the wonderful things going on in your life!! I take the train to work, so I drive to and from the train station during the week, but I love to drive!

  16. June 29, 2010 / 8:00 am

    That is some CRAZY drool! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. June 29, 2010 / 8:09 am

    That pesto looks really good! Congrats on the new job and house too!

    Currently I have about an hour commute to work. I hate it, but I’d rather have to deal with the commute than be unemployed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. June 29, 2010 / 8:18 am

    The pesto looks so good, fresh and colorful! You are CRAZY BUSY! Congrats on the house, so exciting starting a new chapter in your life. AND…2 job offers in THIS economy?! You are very qualified and it does not surprise me, but you should be thanking your lucky stars for that!

  19. June 29, 2010 / 8:19 am

    Sounds like the pieces are falling into place for you, which is wonderful! You definitely deserve it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My commute is about 20 minutes, up to 30 in traffic – not bad at all!

  20. June 29, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Congrats on your job offers and finding a house!!!
    We’re selling our house so I feel your pain with keeping it super clean all the time.
    My commute is about 15 minutes….

  21. June 29, 2010 / 10:12 am

    YAY! Glad you found a house AND you got 2 job offers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love fresh homemade pesto!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom makes some with her homegrown pesto leaves every summer and it is amazing.

  22. June 29, 2010 / 10:42 am

    2 job offers and a house? Life is good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m so excited to see you make pesto… I am excited to try making a real pesto after the quasi-pesto I made the other day. I have SO much basil!

    I drive a lot. Hubbs makes fun of me, but most of my best friends still live in Atlanta, so I drive the 3.5 hours down there more often than I should ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. June 29, 2010 / 10:43 am

    Okay, your dog drools as much as our dog does!! As soon as he hears the cutting board hit the counter, he’s at my feet!

    Hooray for the house and job situation – two very important things!

    My commute used to be 2 hours to North Michigan Avenue way back when – now it is a cool 11 minutes ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. June 29, 2010 / 10:59 am

    MMM that pesto looks incredible!! HAHA your dog drools so much! I don’t think I’d like that very much haha.

  25. June 29, 2010 / 12:43 pm

    Nothing like fresh pesto, I definitely need to make some soon, but my basil isn’t yet supplying quite enough.

    LOL Lily has nothing on my mother’s mastiff, that dog drools and I swear it’s what they make superglue out of! My lab could be one of Pavlov’s dogs I say dinner she starts drooling, so gross.

    Awesome about the job and the house, seems like everything is falling into place!

    I have never had longer than a half hour commute and I never will it would fill me with far too much road rage ๐Ÿ˜› I did have a bridge in my commute at one point and that sucked one moron made my 20 minute commute over an hour, I think people who do dumb things in cars should have to pay everyone they inconvenience…

  26. June 29, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    So glad that I only have a 20 minute commute, although with downtown traffic it seems like a lifetime! I must work on my road rage lol

  27. June 29, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    Congrats on getting a new home! I love simple and inexpensive recipes like this one. Obviously, I don’t drive since I live in NYC. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. June 29, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    She’s adorable, but my goodness that’s a lot of drool!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I loooove homemade pesto.

  29. June 29, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    HAHAHA even with drool, Lily is still a cutie! and EVEN with 5 more lbs….

    Good luck with the house! it seems like all the bloggies are moving into new homes =) OHH and congrats with the job offers! Good things DO happen to good people!

  30. June 29, 2010 / 1:41 pm

    YAY!! So exciting that you have a house AND job so quickly. Thats gotta be a good sign eh?

    I hardly drive at all. Ive had my car for 3 years now and I just hit 25,000 kms. Which thanks to Google, I now know is 15,534.32 miles. My commute is about 20 minutes, but thats only because of traffic. I could probably do the drive in 10 minutes if I really, really wanted to.

  31. June 29, 2010 / 1:48 pm

    I love pesto! I have all the ingredients to make it and am thinking I should give it a whirl. Nothing beats homemade.
    Glad you got a house and a couple job opportunities! Definitely eases the stress.

  32. June 29, 2010 / 1:49 pm

    Wow – congrats on the house AND the job offers! You have so many exciting things going on right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My commute is 18 miles, which takes about 25-35 minutes depending on traffic. I don’t mind the miles….but I am a traffic hater – it gives me road rage!

  33. June 29, 2010 / 1:57 pm

    I live about 10 miles from my gym. Whenever I don’t feel like driving I will run or bike up there!

  34. izzy
    June 29, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    Congrats on the job offers + house! I’m excited to read more about your new position when you pick one (or share the one youve already picked ;P).

    I have been craaaaaving pesto for a WHILE now – cannot wait to try out this recipe!!! *Must buy more fresh basil!

    I’m really lucky – I have a short (bus) ride to school now than I did to high school! It took me an HOUR to get to high school (a bus + a subway), whereas it takes me one 20 minute bus ride to get to Uni! One of my jobs is a ~15min carride away, and my other one is 30-40 min bus/train ride, which is pretty sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚


  35. June 29, 2010 / 2:34 pm

    I love Pesto.

    Congrats on the house.. it is so nice to be a homeowner… and on the job offers. t sounds like a exciting time for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. June 29, 2010 / 2:45 pm

    Yowza! I’ve been away and lots has been going on with you apparently. Congrats on finding a house and all the exciting changes. I hope they all bring many blessings to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Lily is adorable as always!

  37. Michelle
    June 29, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    Your pesto looks delicious! I had some pesto Sunday night (from Whole Foods…I didn’t make it)—always one of my favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. June 29, 2010 / 6:06 pm

    girl you sure do know the way to my heart ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously – I LOVE pesto!! its probably the best pasta sauce/topping ever. Def. drool worthy!

    congrats on two job offers!!

  39. June 29, 2010 / 10:21 pm

    Leave for one week and look what happens here! New house,new job, growing dog,…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to see you are doing well!

    To save me commenting on your other post my favorite ice cream is all of them that’s why I am avoiding them this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. June 29, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    Pesto looks so delicious,love the colour….and i hope lily is doing fine now..

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