Mike’s Perfect Pesto!

Yesterday after work Mike and I headed over to Breakheart Reservation for a 3 mile power-walk through the hilly, shaded paths.   It was a rest day from running so I figured we might as well walk and enjoy the summer weather since it finally ‘cooled down’ to the 80’s.  Halfway through our walk, we stopped over at the lil’ fitness playground for some push-ups, dips, and crunches.

And also a bunch of ‘bench step-ups”.  Gotta work the butt muscles whenever & wherever I can.

And yes, we have to work on our iPhone action shots but you get the picture….  Just step up and down as many times as you can. :)


Dinner last night centered around the amazingggg leftover pesto from Sunday evening.  Let me tell you, homemade pesto with fresh basil from the garden is so freakin’ GOOD.  And I’m not even a huge pesto lover.  Mike has made great pesto in the past but nothing as good as the batch he whipped up on Sunday night.  What’s so great about it?!  He added cottage cheese to make it a creamier, yummier texture (plus, he used less garlic since I’m not a big fan).  He’s such a smarty, right?

This homemade recipe is healthy, delicious, and only takes minutes to prepare!


(Rough estimates – flavor to taste)

  • 2 bunches of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic <— add more if you really like garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese w/ chives <— I’m sure low-fat cottage cheese would be great, lighter alternative


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

This pesto was perfect on grilled tilapia (our dinner from Sunday night) and also mixed with veggie pasta, grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes (dinner from  last night).

You could even use it as a spread on a sandwich or add more cottage cheese to make it a creamier texture and turn it into a delicious pesto dip! The possibilities are endless :)

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Do you grow basil?  What do you make with it?

What’s your workout today??

-I ran 4 miles earlier this morning and thankfully it was overcast and drizzling (my ideal running weather!)



  1. That pesto looks awesome! great idea with the cottage cheese..i eat cottage cheese with everything but never thought to put it in pesto!!


  1. […] made it but I’m sure it’s a super easy dinner in general.  It was all centered around Mike’s pesto and the […]

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