A few months ago I raided my pantry and refrigerator and threw away everything that had added sugars, salt, and ingredients I could not identify off the top of my head. This was a long time coming having been gluten free for two years. The results have been amazing and I now do a lot more experimentation with my cooking. I use real, natural, and wholesome foods mostly obtained from local farmers markets. Here is a savory dinner the whole family will enjoy!

Chicken Skewers

Creamy Avocado Pesto:

5 minutes of prep

Yields roughly 1 cup
This really is the star of the dish, which is why I chose to place it first in the title of the post.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 T parsley

Directions:

  1. Place the Basil leaves, pecans, avocado , water and olive oil into a blender or food processor . Blend on medium until a cream has formed. You may have to stir a couple of times to achieve the desired mixture.
  2. Spatula the mixture into a bowl and stir in your seasonings.

Grilled Chicken:

Marinade in seasonings for 20 minutes- 24 hours.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Tenderize and season the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano. You could also try marinating your chicken in the pesto ahead of time. For this recipe, I wanted to add my pesto fresh to the dish.
  2. Soak bamboo skewers for 10-20 minutes prior to grilling to prevent them from catching on fire.
  3. Cut chicken into strips thick enough for skewing and slide onto skewers.
  4. Grill chicken skewers on the top rack on medium-high for 10-15 minutes, flipping every 2 minutes. If your grill does not have a top rack, cook on medium for about 10 minutes or until there is no pink left inside.

For a Side:

Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is a quick and easy alternative to traditional rice and makes for a great side dish to this meal. 1 head of cauliflower is enough for 4 servings.

  1. Steam cauliflower for 15- 20 minutes on medium.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes before placing in a blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until a rice- like texture forms.
  4. Add your favorite seasonings. I added a dash of salt, pepper, and oregano and topped with grilled zucchini.

Enjoy!

Avocado Pesto Chicken Skewers Cauliflower Rice

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