First of all, how in the world is it already October? 3 more months and its going to be a brand new year. That’s just too crazy.
We just got back from a relaxing and very much needed camping trip. I love camping. The fire, the smell of the tree's, waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and the fire crackling, making s'mores anytime of the day, drinking tea in the morning, and everyone sharing stories and being cozy around the fire, playing dominoes at 3 in the afternoon. Just writing about it makes me feel so relaxed. I wish I were camping right now. As is life, and now I get to wake up tomorrow and go to work. Wah wah wah.
Last time I left you with a pesto recipe. Next up! bruschetta chicken. Before going paleo, I used to make this with brown rice pasta. Now I swap out the pasta for zoodles (zucchini noodles). After you finish eating this make sure you have gum or a toothbrush close by because the garlic in the bruschetta will leave your breath kickin. Not to mention the stinky burps you will have. But trust me, it’s worth it.
Yields: 4 servings
- 4 organic chicken breasts (I buy mine from Costco, and sometimes they are too thick so I slice them in half so they cook faster)
- Pesto (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 4 small zucchinis
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 10 basil leaves (chiffonade the basil leaves)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. balsamic
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp. of pesto per side. Grill or pan fry chicken for 10 minutes, flipping chicken breast over after 5 minutes of cooking. Once done set chicken aside.
- For the bruschetta take all the ingredients, combine them in a bowl and mix. If time allows make the bruschetta the night before, or an hour before serving dinner in order to let the flavors mingle.
- To serve the meal I like to build my plate in the following order; zucchini noodles, a dollop of pesto, chicken, bruschetta, and one smaller dollop of pesto.
I prefer eating my zucchini noodles raw, its easier to prepare and means I have one less pot to wash, but if you like your welcome to cook them in a sauté pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until soft.