Pastene Pesto Basil Sauce
- 06-10-2011, 08:20 PM
Pastene Pesto Basil Sauce
I've been looking for different lower carb sauces to put on chicken breast for variety. Anyway today I purchased a small bottle of this stuff. Wow is this stuff salty!. 550 mg of sodium per serving. I didn't see that before I purchased. A serving is only 1/4 C also. I thought pesto sauce was supposed to taste good!. It tasted like I dumped a bucket of salt on my chicken!. I ate most of it till I couldn't take it anymore and I brushed the last bit of it off my chicken. The thing is I remember trying pesto years ago at an Italian restaurant and loving it. Guess the stuff from a jar just isn't the same!.
- 06-10-2011, 10:24 PM
spicy brown mustard bro.
usually somewhere between 0-5 cals per tsp, and get the right brand and only around 50mg sodium per tsp.
06-11-2011, 07:43 AM
I'm a low carber here too. The problem I have also observed with many low carb products is that they either compensate with boat loads of sodium, sugar alcohols (laxative effect for me) or bad/unhealthy fats.
06-11-2011, 09:15 AM
06-11-2011, 10:25 AM
Pesto is one of the quickest, and simplest things to make.
Basil, garlic, evoo, salt/pepper to taste. I use a little romano or parm cheese as well. You can also use pine nuts, etc.
Throw the basil in a blender, with the garlic, slowly add EVOO until you get the consistency you want. You can even add a small amount of water if you need to thin it out a bit further without adding additional oil. Use a clove or two of garlic first, taste it, and if you need more add more. I like mine pretty garlicky.
You can make pretty large batches and separate them into ziplocks, and freeze them. If you pour them in the ziplock, and lay them flat in the freezer, they will freeze into a thin sheet, and can be defrosted in 1-2min, by running the bag under water.
06-11-2011, 12:55 PM
06-11-2011, 02:23 PM
Here is an excerpt from "The Metabolic Diet". The diet I have been and will continue to stay on for life,
Many of the foods recommended in the Metabolic Diet, such as red meat, eggs and cheese and butter contain saturated fats. These fats do have a tendency to raise total serum cholesterol and LDL levels in some individuals, especially those with previous blood cholesterol problems. The increase in total cholesterol is mainly from an increase in LDL although this is also a small increase in HDL.
However, not all saturated fatty acids have an adverse effect on total cholesterol. For example, stearic acid (the main saturated fatty acid found in beef) and medium chain saturated fatty acids have little or no effect on total cholesterol. Recent studies have shown that replacement of carbohydrates with stearic acid (as is done to some extent in the high-fat, low-carb phase of the Metabolic Diet) has little effect on lipid and lipoprotein concentrations in plasma. As well, in these studies oleic and linoleic acids had beneficial effects on blood lipids by raising HDL and lowering LDL."
- Page 131 of "The Metabolic Diet" - Chapter 6 "Good and Bad Fats"
06-11-2011, 02:25 PM
06-11-2011, 02:36 PM
06-11-2011, 07:12 PM
IMO "bad/unhealthy fats" include corn, canola, cottonseed, soybean, and partially hydrogenated-anything. Saturated fat is healthy, or at worst benign. The tide of conventional wisdom is slowly turning on this.
As for a sauce for chicken breast I like a simple wine reduction: just take the chicken out of the hot pan, pour in some EVOO and scrape up the tasty bits, then dump in a chopped onion, some garlic and stir fry it for a couple minutes. Pour in a cup or so of two-buck-chuck wine (red or white works), bring to boil then turn down to simmer for about 5 minutes (for runny) or 10 minutes (for thick). Capers can go in with white wine, or mushrooms with red if you want to get all gourmet with it.
06-11-2011, 07:23 PM
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