Friday, August 06, 2010

Worth the Wait

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Basil is clearly my favourite fresh herb.  When I saw this massive bunch of locally grown deliciousness I had to toss it into my basket.

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While perusing the kitchen for dinner offerings last night I picked up the bunch and stared at it.  Then, duh, pesto came to mind.

Easy Peasy Basil Walnut Pesto

  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • drizzle of EVOO
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • squeeze of lemon
  • smattering of walnut pieces

Clearly it's very scientific. ;) Add everything to food processor and whirl until desired consistency.  I like mine slightly rustic.  Double that all up if you are feeding more than one single gal.

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Here's where I get brilliant.

Pesto Coated Chicken Tenders

  • Cut a boneless, skinless chicken breast into strips.
  • Toss is a mixture of plain yogurt, lemon, salt, pepper, and minced fresh garlic.  Let hang out for a few minutes.  Then add most of the pesto mixture and stir around until all chicken pieces have a good coating.
  • Lay chicken on a sprayed baking sheet and spread any leftover yogurt-pesto mixture on top of the pieces.
  • Bake at 375 for 20ish minutes.  Let rest five minutes.

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While those are cooking prepare your side dish.  My veggie of choice was this AMAZING Rainbow Chard...

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Such a food blogger...I saw this at the market and had to buy it because it was soooo pretty. Ha!

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I used about 1/3 third of this glorious bunch.  Simply rinsed, dried, coarsely chopped and tossed into the steamer basket.

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Steamed over a rolling boil, covered, for about 2 minutes...then removed from heat but left lid on for another 2-3 minutes.

Drained as well as possible and topped simply with fresh squeezed lemon and a tiny knob of real butter. 

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Served alongside a few of those pesto laden chicken tenders (to which I may have added just a bit more fresh pesto when serving) with a few market fresh local cherry tomatoes.

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I told you it was worth the wait. No? ;)

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5 comments:

Elizabeth @ Eat Clean Fun said...

This looks amazing, I might try to make this, this weekend thank you :)

H-woman said...

I just happen to have some homemade pesto in my fridge. Now to find some chicken...

=)

rusty61 said...

I love pesto and that looks like a terrific use of it! I've never had any kind of chard before, but the rainbow was IS pretty!

Jessica said...

Hey Jaime

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Cheers!

Lynn @ The Next Chapter said...

Obviously I need to make pesto pronto. YUM!