Today I would like to share a recipe that I have made twice now for my family. It is a big hit, and best of all it is easy to make and really healthy. If you are looking for a dinner idea, give this one a try!
Pan Seared Chicken with Cilantro Pesto
2 TBS cold pressed virgin olive oil
4 boneless, organic chicken breasts
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 TBS pine nuts
1 cup fresh packed cilantro
1/2 c fresh packed parsely
1/3 c low fat sour cream
1TBS minced garlic
Heat 1 TBS oil in large skillet over medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the hot pan and cook until golden brown and just cooked through.
Meanwhile, place the pine nuts in a small dry skillet and set over medium heat. Toast the nuts until golden brown, about 3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Transfer the pine nuts to a blender or food processor and add cilantro, parsley, sour cream, 1TBS oil, the garlic and 1/2 tsp salt. Process until smooth, adding water as necessary to create a thick paste. Serve the chicken with the pesto spooned over the top. I add rice vegetable twists to serve with the chicken and pesto mixture. You may also use any type of whole wheat pasta.
Let me tell you, this make a DELICIOUS pesto! There is nothing like homemade and it is so incredibly healthy!
I prefer organic chicken breasts because these chickens are free range, meaning they are not confined to a small area, they eat whatever they find in nature, while they are ranging free. They do not eat cheap chicken feed. PLus, they are not injected with any type of synthetic hormone. Who would want that in their human body? NOT ME!!!
I choose cold pressed virgin olive oil because vegetable oil and canola oil are junk!
While all types of olive oil are sources of monounsaturated fat, EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols, because it is less processed.
Olive oil is clearly one of the good oils, one of the healing fats. Most people do quite well with it since it does not upset the critical omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and most of the fatty acids in olive oil are actually an omega-9 oil which is monounsaturated. Why would I want to put any other type of oil into my body or my family's body than this?
I stay away from white pasta. I try to stick with gluten free, such as the vegetable twists. They taste just like pasta, maybe even better. Whole wheat is better for obvious reasons. More nutrition than the white pasta. White pasta just aids in making you fat! Who wants that?
Once you start eating healthy and start making your body a healthy environment then your tastebuds will change and will actually crave the heathly foods and oils. They will taste so good. The junk will taste horrible and eventually your body will not be able to tolerate junk at all anymore.
Finally, my husband found this FREE website that he is now using all the time. I tried it out yesteday. Quite cool! You can enter in what you eat during the day and it will calculate the calories for you. You can see how many calories you are really taking in each day. You can also use the sight to figure out how many calroies you need each day or how much of a calorie deficet you need to lose weight. You can put in that you woul like to lose 1/2 lb. per week or up to 3 lbs. per week. Pretty neat and easy to use. Here is the website address if you would like to check it out for yourself. www.myfitnesspal.com