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Spinach Pesto and An Evening with Mom!

Happy weekend everyone! Tomorrow and Tuesday I will continue with my “America’s Toxic Environment” posts, and I’ll also include some of your fantastic comments, but today I wanted to switch gears for a moment and show you the “gourmet” meal Nick and I prepared for our mothers (and for our first dinner party in our new home!).


Nick works today so we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day with our moms a day early. At first we planned to take them to dinner, but then we figured we’d save money, and have a lot more fun, if we prepared a meal for them at our new home. We wanted to use our new grill…..Spinach Pesto 2

But one of the pieces was bent on arrival, so it was impossible to put the darn thing together!

So instead we created the meal indoors. The menu was very simple because both of our mothers are trying to watch their weight and eat very healthy (I respect that very much!). Here is the menu we came up with, and how much money we spent/saved:


Pseudo Antipasto: Slices of Cheese, Kashi 7 Grain Crackers, Marinated Red and Yellow Peppers, Green and Black OlivesSpinach Pesto 3Spinach Pesto 4

(Total cost: ~ $10 )

Main Course

Rice Bran Spaghetti Noodles, with Spinach Pesto and Slices of Marinated Flank SteakSpinach Pesto 5Spinach Pesto 6

(Total cost: ~ $16 )


Angel Food Cake, Served with Fresh Organic Strawberries and Lite Cool WhipSpinach Pesto 7

(Total cost: ~$6)


Black Mountain Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir
(we may have gone through two bottles….)Drink

(Total cost: ~ $30)

Total cost of meal: ~$62

Spinach Pesto Recipe
(Source: SuperFoods Rx, by Steven Pratt, M.D.)

2 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup chopped walnuts and almonds
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup T parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

– Blend all the above ingredients, in the proportions you have chosen, in your blender/food processor/Magic Bullet!Drink 1Spinach Pesto 8

– Prepare your spaghetti according to the directions on the box (we used rice bran spaghetti)

– Mix the spaghetti with the pesto sauce

– Serve, OR add meat if you wish……

– We added ~3 ounces flank steak on top of our spaghetti with pesto sauce.

ESTIMATED Nutrition Facts For One Full Meal
Which Includes:

Antipasto (3 olives, 2 crackers, 1 ounce cheese, 2 slices pepper)

1 cup rice bran spaghetti
1/2 cup pesto sauce
3 ounces flank steak

1 slice angel food cake
4 strawberries
1/4 cup lite Cool Whip

6-8 ounces red wine

***1100 calories, 35 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated, good fat), great source of vitamins C & A, and the mineral iron, good source of fiber ***

Those stats make a girl very happy. I don’t know what that face is….Drink 2

Was this the healthiest meal ever? Absolutely not. Was it healthier than the same meal at a restaurant? I’d be willing to bet my life it was! I can only imagine how many calories this meal would have been at a restaurant…. It was also much cheaper, as this meal would have cost close to $140 dollars at a restaurant, if you include the wine, antipasto, dessert, 4 dinners, and the tip (20%, always).

Coming Up

Tomorrow I will continue with my “Toxic America” posts. I’m pretty passionate about this issue, and I can tell many of you are too! Thanks for reading today, and have a great Mother’s Day!

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Hi, my name is Rebecca Houston and I am a writer. I write about health, healthy food and daily meal plan for various websites.
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