Thursday, January 23, 2014

Paleo Pistachio Pesto Pasta


Now thats a mouthful! Paleo Pistachio Pesto Pasta. Try saying that 10 times real fast. It's hard, but I don't think you'll want to stop eating long enough to try, it's that good! On my quest to find healthy meals, I stumbled upon my new favorite website, paleOMG.com. She has so many great recipes on there. I have yet to find one that I don't like, or that doesn't turn out. Now I know what you're thinking, how is this healthy with how much fat and calories are in this? Well, its the healthy fat from the coconut oil and pistachios that makes this dish oh so paleo friendly! Give this a shot for your next homemade pesto, it wont disappoint! Friendly pointer...buy the pre-shelled pistachio. It will save you SOOO much time :) 


Paleo Pistachio Pesto Chicken Pasta
4 SERVINGS 
PREP: 10 minutes           COOK: 40 minutes            READY IN: 50 minutes


  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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INGREDIENTS


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved
  • 4 chicken breasts, sliced or cubed
  • 1 cup pistachios, unshelled
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup coconut oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional toppings: red pepper flakes and chopped basil

DIRECTIONS


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise. Scoop out seeds from squash. Place open side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until you can pierce it easily with a fork. 
  2. While you're waiting for your squash, place your pistachios in a food processor and grind until finely chopped. 
  3. Add garlic basil, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper and grind until smooth. 
  4. Slowly add your oil until you get your desired consistency. Place aside.
  5. Salt and Pepper your chicken on both sides. Cook on a large skillet under medium heat until cooked through. 
  6. Once squash is done cooking and has cooled, use a fork to shred it and place in a large serving bowl. 
  7. Once all the squash is shredded, add your pesto and combine. You can also add your chicken and combine as well, or serve it on top. 

NUTRITION FACTS



    1 serving  655 calories 46g fat  16g carbs   42g protein   7g sugar   

Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from paleOMG.com

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