He asked me for seconds after I served him the first. To give you an idea of his "bachelor" qualifications, I recently found a grocery store receipt on his kitchen counter itemized as follows: "scoop" chips, queso dip, Amstel Lite 12-pack, Haagen-Daz ice cream. And I can vouch that there is not much more in his refrigerator than that. Need I say more?
So here is the recipe, and you may notice that many of the same ingredients are used in my Caesar Salad with a Twist recipe. I keep many of the same foods on hand all the time and look for ways to incorporate and re-create them into new meals.
Basil Pesto Veggie Wrap Ingredients:
(makes 2 wraps)
2 whole wheat wraps
Basil Pesto (see my Pesto Recipe) - (approx 3 tbsp)
1 Roma tomato - chopped
1/2 to 1/3 avocado wedge sliced into 1/2" x1/8" pieces
Grated Parmesan Cheese - shake or sprinkle to your liking
2 Tbsps. Lite Vinaigrette Dressing (on each wrap)
Goat Cheese - hard to measure out, exactly - see photo and do it to your taste. (Approx 1 1/2 tbsp on each)
Spread the Pesto down the center of the wrap with a thin coat, about an 1/8" inch thick. Add the chopped tomatoes and avocado. Drizzle on the vinaigrette dressing and sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. Crumble and add the goat cheese. Roll up the wrap and enjoy!
Go for the whole wheat tortilla for more protein and fiber - better than the overly processed white flour tortillas. You can check out the spinach or sun-dried tomato wraps as well and compare nutritional ingredients. but I found these to have the best combination of good ingredients with the lowest calories. The Ken's Lite salad dressing (you can try some different flavors in this, too)
Here's my Pesto Veggie Wrap before rolling it up.
|Basil Pesto Vegetable Wrap with Goat Cheese|
A quick review of the health benefits of the main ingredients:
Goat Cheese: A good source of calcium, protein, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium. Studies have shown that calcium is not only good for strong bones but may help to protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals, and prevent migraine headaches in those sufferers. Calcium also prevents the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. And, once again, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is important for energy function. Goat cheese supplies low-cost, high-quality protein to the body.
One thing to note is that cooked tomatoes yield more lycopene to the body than raw ones, and that lycopene is better absorbed by the body when in the presence of a healthy fat. Adding extra-virgin olive oil to your tomato sauce will increase your lycopene absorption.
As I have made this a habit, here is another flower photo from my yard.
It's a shame you can't smell it, too. Have a great day!