If you read my About Me, which I told you to do in post one, you would know I love to cook. So, by the time five o’clock rolls around I get giddy with chance to get cooking! (Mostly because I don’t usually have the time during the day to cook a nice meal) Lately, I have had some stomach issues so I have been eating gluten-free and very low in sugars. I typically opt for boneless skinless chicken breast or lean ground turkey, and of course plenty of vegetables. My all-time favorite veggies are brussels sprouts (throw away your preconceived notions!), broccoli, kale, and onions (if that counts?) I had basil in the fridge that I had to use, so tonight I decided to make homemade pesto chicken breast with tomato and Parmesan. On the side I had a simple kale salad. I love making my own pesto, it is so easy! I like to eyeball my ingredients when I cook so excuse my lack of measurements…
De-stem your whole bundle of basil, throw it in the blender, add two cloves of chopped garlic, add about 1/4 cup of pine-nuts-I like to toast them for a couple minutes first, add a small handful of Parmesan cheese, and salt to taste! I usually start the blender and then slowly add EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). You can add as much as you like depending on how oily you like your pesto. Because oil is pretty caloric (although high in GOOD fats) I kept mine to a minimum. My blender is a tad janky so it took some work, but it’s easy as that!
Skinny Pesto Chicken
Next I cut my chicken breast in half two make two thin breasts. Season with salt and pepper and spread a thin layer of pesto over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes then add some sliced tomato and Parmesan on top! Bake for another 5 minutes and voila!
Killer Kale Salad
Ohh wait…the kale. This is my go to recipe for kale salad that is even easier than the pesto! I just take a bunch of kale (it doesn’t matter what type) de-stem the kale, add a tad of olive oil, squeeze half of a lemon over top, add a clove of diced garlic, some Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. NOW VOILA! Dinner is served.
WARNING: Pine-nuts are stupid expensive. At Ralph’s I almost paid 17 dollars for them..ABSURD! I opted for Trader Joe’s and ended up spending a little over $7. If you want to omit them, it isn’t the end of the world or you could also sub for almonds or walnuts!