presto pesto candice kumai

Pesto is quite arguably one of the most delicious sauces to toss with fresh pasta, spread on a crisp baguette or stuff inside a juicy chicken breast. However, as with all indulgent, irresistible foods, we tend to go overboard on the calories and fat! Regular fatty pesto contains 21 fatty grams and a whopping 230 calories per 1/4 cup, says chef Candice Kumai, author of 'Cook Yourself Sexy.'

Instead, Kumai has created a healthy version of this delicious sauce--Sexy Presto Almond Pesto! "I cut the pine nuts and heavy Parmesan cheese and added good monounsaturated fats from almonds and extra virgin olive oil," she says.

Sexy Almond Pesto
This recipe coats up to 1 pound of pasta and make sandwich wraps for a week! Saves well for about a week. Makes approx 1-1 1/2 Cups Skinny Pesto.

3 cups fresh basil leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup whole raw almonds
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1. To make the pesto, place the basil, almonds, garlic, and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.

2. Once the ingredients are somewhat mealy, gradually add the olive oil, processing until the mixture is finally chopped yet still has texture, about 1 minute. Pulse in the lemon juice.

3. Store in a sealed storage container or jar for up to a week.