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I developed this recipe when my local shop stopped selling veggie pesto <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"> and I was also making an effort to keep as much fat as possible out of my cooking (just for a laugh, y'know?)<br><br>
It's really tasty, and doesn't require you to shell out on cheez and pine nuts. It's even cheaper if you oven roast your tomatoes yourself rather than buying jars of them. Aubergine flesh may not seem like the prettiest base for a pesto, but if you use nice green basil I promise it turns out looking & smelling beautiful!<br><br>
This is much lower fat than bog-standard pesto<br><br><b>Skint, Skinnier Aubergine & Almond Pesto</b> [vegan]<br><br>
1 large-medium aubergine/eggplant (or 2 little ones)<br>
3/4 cup flaked almonds<br>
1 cup torn basil leaves<br>
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes<br>
2 cloves garlic<br>
1/2 tsp salt<br>
Plenty of cracked black pepper<br><br>
1. Halve the aubergine lengthways, stab the skin in a few places, and bake at 200 C for half an hour, cut side down.<br><br>
2. Meanwhile, lightly toast the almonds in a dry pan until golden (about 3 mins) and leave them to soak in just enough hot water to cover. This makes them soft and creamy.<br><br>
3. Coarsely chop the garlic and tomato and whizz them in the blender with the basil until you like the consistency.<br><br>
4. When the aubergine is done, plunge the pieces into cold water and peel off the skin.<br><br>
5. Add the aubergine flesh and the drained almonds to the blender and season with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of olive oil if you feel indulgent. Whizz until fairly smooth on a high speed, and get it in a storage container fast before you eat it all with a spoon!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:">
 

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Mmm, thanks, that's saved to my 'recipes to try' folder! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I bet it's tasty! I wouldn't call it low fat though, and it's certainly not "virtually fat free"; it's about 800 calories for this entire recipe and 52 grams of fat, so that's a lot of fat calories.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967345"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I bet it's tasty! I wouldn't call it low fat though, and it's certainly not "virtually fat free"; it's about 800 calories for this entire recipe and 52 grams of fat, so that's a lot of fat calories.</div>
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wow! How'd you work that out? I'm a bit sceptical that it could be that much, but then I've never bothered working something like that out! Anyway, I'll edit out all claims that it's low fat (still much better than the 20-50% in supermarket pesto!)<br><br>
also, 800 calories for the entire recipe sounds like a lot but I'd guess this makes up to 60 servings!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>aslan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967359"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
wow! How'd you work that out? I'm a bit sceptical that it could be that much, but then I've never bothered working something like that out! Anyway, I'll edit out all claims that it's low fat (still much better than the 20-50% in supermarket pesto!)<br><br>
also, 800 calories for the entire recipe sounds like a lot but I'd guess this makes up to 60 servings!</div>
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I worked it out by calculating the caloric and fat content for each item. The almonds alone have about 400 calories and 36 grams of fat. Sun dried tomatoes that are packed in oil add another 200 calories and 14 grams of fat. It adds up quickly, doesn't it?
 

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That sounds like it could be a really dangerous habit to get into! Maybe I'll go with low(er) fat in future :) everything's relative!<br><br>
Anyway, I can't change the title but I guess it's not going to mislead anyone too much.
 

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I'm not anti-fat, by the way. I simply like accuracy and this caught my eye. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> It looks tasty!
 

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I can change the title, if you'd like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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I can change the title, if you'd like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"></div>
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yeah, that would be grand!
 
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