In our house, we love putting pesto sauce on roasted chicken and pasta for a great dinner or snack. Fresh pesto truly makes average things taste amazing. Traditional pesto sauces include a good handful of parmesan cheese. Although parmesan does truly make the most insanely delicious pesto, you can have a delicious pesto even without the parmesan. Here is what I came with, which Sarah enjoys on things like roasted chicken breast, sliced cucumber, and rice pasta.
This is so good when served fresh but I think it acquires an even better flavor after sitting in the fridge over a night or two. It keeps well in the fridge and it is handy for throwing together quick dinners. Try adding some walnuts or hazelnuts and experiment to make this even more delicious on your own.
Pine nuts are healthy and they contain heart healthy monounsaturated fat, are high in vitamin C, are great source of iron. Pine nuts may even suppress your appetite which we all need help with at times… Pine nuts contain Pinolenic acid which causes the triggering of hunger suppressants (cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide-1). These are just to name a few of the many healthy attributes of pine nuts.
Put all of the following ingredients into a blender or vitamix and blend until smooth and evenly colored. Now add it to your choice of meats, vegetables or pasta!
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil (packed and most stems removed)
3/4 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp of salt (adjust as you like)
juice squeezed from 1/4 of a lemon
(Do not squeeze lemon directly over mixture… Accidental lemon seeds in the pesto can make it taste bitter)
*Want dairy? Add 1/2 cup parmesan
For me, one of my keys to feeling healthy and balanced is prep cooking. I make sure that I have great tasting protein, cooked and ready to eat in glass tupperware in my refrigerator at all times. I also have a container full of cooked rice and a few bags of greens. I love to keep a high quality salt and balsamic vinegar on hand to add to the greens as well. With these few simple things I can throw together a meal in minutes. Here is one of my favorite, super easy, preparations of chicken. Let me know when you try it!
My Mom’s Lemon Herb Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp basil
1. Take a fork and poke lots of holes in the chicken breasts to better soak up the marinade.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large glass bowl to create the marinade.
3. Marinate chicken breasts for 2 hours in refrigerator, turning the breasts over half way through.
4. BBQ for 6 minutes per side or until the juices run clear.
5. Boil the remaining marinade for 3 mins over stove top.
6. Pour boiled marinade over chicken breasts and serve, or store!
The Holidays are here again!!!
We thought we would give you a couple of our favorite recipes to try if you’re looking for something new to whip up.
I have been making the same pumpkin pie recipe for the past 15 years for Thanksgiving. It is a definite crowd pleaser, it even calls for a whole pie pumpkin that you cut up and bake in the oven, AND it’s easy! If I can make it, you can make it. Give it a try, you will be happy you did.
- 2 Pie Crusts – home-made, gluten free, frozen, or whatever you please
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 pie pumpkin to equal 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin, mashed or pureed
- 2 cups scalded whole milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat Oven to 425°F.
- Combine all ingredients, except pie crust, in a large bowl and beat until smooth
- Pour wet ingredients into 2 pie crusts. Bake at 300°F for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the filling is firm.
My mom has mastered a granola that is delicious, full of healthy ingredients and so much lower in sugar than most anything you can find in the store. It feels so good to make your own granola and you can play around with it and add your favorite nuts or seeds. It is the perfect thing to have around if you are entertaining the family or it makes a great hostess gift if you are being entertained! Let us know if you come up with your favorite version.
- 8 cups of oats (gluten free is you prefer)
- 2 cups of sliced almonds
- 1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 1/2 cups of coconut flakes
- 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Take the first 6 ingredients and mix together into a bowl. Set to the side for later use.
- Take the last 6 ingredients and mix together in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
- Pour on top of oats mixture. Stir together and then pour onto a cookie sheet. Spread onto pan evenly.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Check to see if browned, if not stir and let cook for additional time.
Jake’s Caesar Dressing
Who doesn’t love a great Caesar dressing? But oil based, not creamy!! Fresh greens are such a great addition to any meal and so simple. My husband always has a batch of his Caesar dressing in the refrigerator ready and waiting. We can always quickly bring a salad to anyone’s house or include it in a meal at home. I never get sick of it. Let me know what you think!
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or more to taste)
- 1 small garlic clove
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Blend thoroughly and salt to taste
- Keep it in the fridge, it tastes better with age.
I hope you enjoy! Sarah