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Nut Free Spinach Pesto!

I am sure I have mentioned this on the blog before- but this girl is allergic to nuts. This makes a few things tough to eat. But nonetheless I like to try different things. I tend to get bored with the same old thing over and over so I am constantly on the look-out for something good and different. After a particular dinner I had a bunch of left over spinach and no idea what to do with it. I reached out to the vast knowledge of Facebook users and got an interesting idea, Spinach Pesto over pasta.

After this was suggested to me I took to Google. To my dismay I learned that this is generally made with nuts. No bueno! So I searched again and found this recipe. This also gave me an excuse to whip out my blender I had yet to use!

The pesto came out great we would only change a few things. To start more olive oil! The pesto was super hard to blend so I found myself adding more and more olive oil to get the creamy consistency we were going for.

Also, the pesto absolutely needs to be heated! Cold pesto on hot pasta is not ideal. If the pesto was warmer I am sure it would have been a hit.

Finally, MORE CHEESE. Can never had enough cheese right? This recipe needed some cheese to jazz it up a bit! Might hurt the health factor a little but still it is an overall healthy meal!

Pesto

Do you guys have a favorite pesto you like over pasta? Share in the comments below!

16

Lemony Chicken with Spinach

The one thing I generally do not do when it comes to cook is try to make up my own recipe. This would be the exception. I had pretty much a whole bag of spinach, left-over chicken (from a buy one get one free sale) and pasta. I knew that somehow this combination needed to be a meal.

I looked through Google and Pinterest but could not find a recipe that would not require that I go out and get additional ingredients. Having to do this would defeat the purpose of using the leftovers to make a meal. So I decided to make something up.

Here is what I came up with:

Lemony Chicken with Spinach:

What you need:

1 cup of lemon juice

2 boneless/ skinless chicken breasts

1 tbsp nutmeg

2 cups of spinach

1 box of pasta

Steps:

1) Boil the pasta;

2) Cube the chicken;

3) Place chicken in pammed pan with lemon juice;

4) Cook chicken through then add spinach and nutmeg.

5) Serve over al dente pasta.

Enjoy!

lem spinach chick

The only complaint I had about this dish was it was too “lemony”. I found when re-heated it was just right but on first bite it was a bit powerful. I think cutting down the lemon portion to 1/2 cup might help if you are not a huge lemon fan.

Try this out and let me know what you think in the comments below!