I’ve recently discovered that my entire family loves pesto. My husband has always liked it. I’m a bit late to the pesto game, only discovering how good it was a few years ago. My super picky 7-year-old just started liking it, and my almost 4-year-old has always liked it. Well, she used to love it, then she stopped loving most things. Now we are trying to get her back into her “eat anything” mode.
One time, I made her pasta with pesto and I told her to just try it. She took a bite and I said, “See, that’s not bad at all!” She agreed with me and now she often requests that I make her “the pasta that’s not bad at all” :0)
What I love so much about this pesto is that it is mostly spinach. I also use walnuts (you can use any nut), which adds another layer of nutrition. I’ve made it before, but I’ll post the recipe again.
In a blender, add the following (all eyeballed):
½ bag of prewashed baby spinach (about 3 oz or so)
1 big bunch of fresh basil
½ cup of walnuts
3-4 cloves garlic
½ cup parmesan cheese
Hefty pinch of salt & a sprinkling of pepper
Put everything in the blender. Start with about ½ cup olive oil and then you can add more as needed based on the consistency you want.
Let the blender do its thing and ta-da! Pesto! Isn’t that green color gorgeous?!
You can use this in so many ways. For this meal, I cut two chicken breasts in half lengthwise to get four thinner pieces. Then I coated each piece in some of the pesto and let it marinade for about 20 minutes. You can do this longer, even overnight. You could also do this in a freezer bag and freeze the whole kit-n-caboodle. Then you’ll have premade pesto chicken ready whenever you want it.
When I was ready, I just grilled the chicken for about 7 minutes per side over medium-high heat.
Serve with more pesto on top.
If I had mozzarella on hand, I think this would be delish with a couple tomato slices on top of the chicken, then place some sliced mozzarella and put the chicken under the broiler for a couple minutes until the cheese melts. Maybe even add a drizzle of balsamic glaze! Oh my mouth is watering already…