Paleo Pesto Chicken on Spaghetti Squash
In advance bake your spaghetti squash ( I usually do 2 large squash to feed our family of 9), see directions here: HOW TO BAKE SPAGHETTI SQUASH. And don't forget to save your seeds and ROAST THEM just like pumpkin seeds.
Next Fry up some bacon or BAKE IT IN THE OVEN, reserving the fat (it's like gold around here, I use it for everything!). Crumble the bacon and use it as a garnish.
Then either grill some chicken breast or thighs or slice and pan fry your chicken in some bacon grease with salt and pepper (unless you are using leftover meat or seafood). If you are pan frying your chicken, after slicing it please be sure to dab dry (I use paper towels for this) before placing it in the pan of hot bacon grease. Oh, and I typically figure on one piece of chicken per person.
Chop up some fresh ripe tomatoes to garnish your Pesto Chicken with if desired.
3 cups fresh basil leaves, (you'll kind of have to shove them in there a bit)
1 1/4 cups whole walnuts or pecans (toasted*)
4-5 cloves of fresh garlic (depending on your taste)
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil ( a good olive oil can make all the difference in taste!)
salt to taste (I use approximately 1/2 tsp)
pepper to taste
Combine basil, nuts, and lemon juice in food processor, then adding the olive oil very slowly turn the mixture on. My food processor has a little reservoir I fill and it allows a trickle to go in, which makes it much easier. Mid way through add some salt and pepper and mix and then taste. Mix until combined and the desired texture, it's that simple and sooooo yummy!
* To toast your nuts preheat oven to 375 and bake for 8-10 minutes on a baking tray, mixing 1/2 way through. Allow to cool before using.
Pesto Spaghetti squash with leftover turkey mixed in and bacon to garnish.
SUN DRIED TOMATO BASIL PESTO SAUCE:
I WILL PREFACE THIS BY SAYING THAT I USE MY OWN HOME DEHYDRATED TOMATOES FOR THIS. I TAKE MY FRESH HOMEGROWN TOMATOES, SLICE AND SPRINKLE WITH DRIED BASIL AND THEN PLACE IN MY DEHYDRATOR UNTIL DRY.
2 cups fresh basil leaves
heaping 1/2 cup dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
4 cloves of garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
1 cup of toasted pecans * see note above*
1 TBSP lemon juice
pepper to taste
1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil (good quality makes all the difference regarding taste!)
Place everything except the oil in your food processor bowl, while processing very slowly add the oil to the mixture. Process until desired texture and taste.
My apologies for the lack of photos, but I hope you'll try it anyway. Enjoy!