You Don't Need The Bread For This Healthy Snack
July 5, 2011 8 Comments
The local tomatoes are beginning to roll in around here and Snack Girl is happy. I will be even HAPPIER when they start to ripen in my garden.
Man, you have to be patient to grow a garden! I have tomatoes growing now, but nowhere near ready to eat.
So, I went and bought some tomatoes because I can't wait any longer and I came up with a new way to eat them. I bought a jar of pesto and used it like mayonnaise!
Yes, just stuck my knife in the jar and spread it all over slices of tomato and ate it. So good!
In case you don't know, pesto consists of basil, nuts, and garlic blended with olive oil and cheese. It is super easy to make if you have a ton of basil around the house, and it does taste great fresh.
I can hear my Italian chef buddy right now yelling at me for advocating for purchased pesto.
But, I would argue, pesto keeps really well in a jar!
You can find jars of pesto next to the other pasta sauces (usually up high on the shelf) and I think they are pretty good. Pesto is great on pasta, pizza, or mixed into salad dressing. Try spreading it on a sandwich.
What makes this snack work is that you have added a bit of fat and protein to the tomato. Eating it with a fork (like a steak) slows you down as you munch through all the amazing flavors.
This would make a great side salad or even a party snack (if you can figure out how to serve it as finger food). Maybe you just hand out a lot of napkins.
What is your favorite way to serve tomatoes?
Tomato and Pesto Snack Recipe
1 tablespoon prepared pesto
Slice tomato with serrated knife. Spread pesto on all the slices of tomato and sprinkle with salt. Eat with a knife and fork.
86 calories, 7.1 g fat, 3.9 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g protein, 1.2 g fiber, 238 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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