This is kind of a double whammy post. You’re getting a pesto recipe as well as a recipe for crunchy, oil-free baked potatoes that make a great side dish or salad topping. Ever since testing out Loni Jane’s crunchy no-fat potatoes from our past Book of the Month, Feel the Lean, my life has been changed. I never would have thought 1) you could get crunchy baked potatoes without adding oil, and 2) adding something warm/hot on top of a cool, fresh salad would be so delicious. Now, I love topping my salads with baked potatoes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. I will never be the same again.
This potato recipe is completely inspired by Feel the Lean (I cook the potatoes exactly the way Loni directs you to in the book), and the Basil-Kale Pesto concoction is 100% us. I love the pesto because we have so much basil and kale growing in our garden, it’s a great way to use it up and cut back the plants to encourage more growth. Remember, with some plants in your garden, if you don’t use it… you lose it :P.