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!
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Spatula the mixture into a bowl and stir in your seasonings.
Marinade in seasonings for 20 minutes- 24 hours.
- All natural chicken breast (1 breast yields 5-6 skewers)
- 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.
- Soak bamboo skewers for 10-20 minutes prior to grilling to prevent them from catching on fire.
- Cut chicken into strips thick enough for skewing and slide onto skewers.
- 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 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.
- Steam cauliflower for 15- 20 minutes on medium.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes before placing in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until a rice- like texture forms.
- Add your favorite seasonings. I added a dash of salt, pepper, and oregano and topped with grilled zucchini.