Cilantro & Basil Pesto Chicken

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The kids were playing in the other room while I was making this pesto. All of a sudden they went really quiet, and a moment later they both walked into the kitchen to ask what smelled so good! I’m telling you, make this pesto and your kitchen will smell like Italy! Fresh basil and cilantro, garlic and olive oil .. these flavours were just meant to be together! The best thing is that you can add it to to everything .. pastas, zoodles, salads, wraps and I even used it to marinate my chicken and salmon! :)

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Traditional pesto calls for just basil, but I always have so much cilantro in the fridge that I thought this would be a good way to use it up!

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It’s super easy to whip up in your food processor and a great thing to make every few weeks so you always have a batch to throw in and add a little more flavour to your meals.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Cilantro

  • 1.5 cups basil

  • 1/4 cups Pine Nuts

  • 1/4 cups Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest

  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated

  • Salt + Pepper to Taste

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Method:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts and toast until golden.

  2. Remove from heat to cool.

  3. In a blender or food processor, add the cilantro and basil, pine nuts, olive oil, zest, juice and garlic.

  4. Pulse until a thick paste forms.

  5. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

You can store in an airtight container in the fridge. See below for my Pesto Chicken recipe, but you can also add to pastas, salads and sandwiches.

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Pesto Chicken:

Just add a few tablespoons of the pesto to your chopped chicken breast. Mix and pan fry with a little olive oil till chicken is cooked through. You could use the chicken to top your pasta, add it to a wrap or salad, or just have the chicken with a side of brown rice and veggies. Enjoy! :)

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

These are some of the best “clean” brownies I’ve ever made! Deliciously chocolatey and oh so moist. They take no time at all to whip up and are definitely kid approved!

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I’ve tried different recipes for brownies before, but I especially love how this one is super simple and clean .. and still tastes delicious!

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I get the feeling this recipe’s gonna become a staple in our house (I’ve already made 2 batches in the last week) and it could become one in yours too :)

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Ingredients:

½ cup Hazelnut Butter

3 large Eggs

½ cup Maple Syrup

1 tbsp Vanilla

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

½ cup Cacao Powder

½ tsp Sea Salt

½ tsp Baking Soda

½ cup Almonds (you could use chocolate chips or any other nuts as well)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor mix hazelnut butter, eggs and maple syrup until well combined. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the nuts or chocolate chips) and pulse until all are combined. Stir in the nuts and/or chocolate chips into the batter.

Grease a 9x11 baking dish with coconut oil and pour batter in, tap to evenly distribute the batter. Top with a few nuts.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean in the center of the pan.

Let brownies cool for 30-45 mins. You can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy!

Kuku Paka (East African Style Chicken in Coconut Curry)

This traditional East African dish is a staple in our house. It is one of the first dishes I learned to make from my mom and can also be made in less than 30 minutes. The recipe here calls for chicken breast, but any other chicken cut, drumstick and/or chicken thighs may be used as well.

KukuPaka Coconut Curry

For the Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast cut into pieces.

  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic

  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1 tbsp green chutney

  • The squeeze of fresh lemon juice

For the sauce

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • 1 small tomato

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 small onion

  • 1 tbsp green chutney

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup of water

  • 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch (to thicken the sauce)

Instructions

  1. Marinate the chicken in garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, green chutney, and lemon. Let sit for 30 minutes to a few hours.

  2. Place marinated chicken in a baking sheet and place in oven under the broiler for 5-7 minutes.

  3. In a blender, place coconut milk, tomato, turmeric, lemon, onions, green chutney, and salt and blend well till smooth.

  4. In a saucepan, heat oil add in potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the sauce from the blender and heat through till sauce comes to a simmer. Add in broiled chicken and let the chicken cook in the sauce for 12-15 minutes.

  5. Add lemon juice, or salt to taste, garnish with fresh coriander.

  6. Serve with Basmati Rice or Roti.

Enjoy!

Morning Green Juice

This juice just feels like it’s cleaning you from the inside out. With a base of celery and a kick of ginger, this juice is a great thing to have regularly as a way to help fight off colds, make sure you’re getting in some good nutrients for the day and it’s also great to hydrate your body for the day.

You can make this juice in a juicer or a blender. The two methods are explained below.  

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6-7 celery stalks

¼ apple

1 small cucumber

4-5 mint leaves

1-inch piece of fresh ginger.

Juice of half a lemon


If you have a juicer you can throw everything straight into the juicer

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Blender method: I know a lot of you don't have juicers, you can still use your blender to make a juice. Just blend all the ingredients with little water. Blend till smooth and pass the liquid through a  strainer or nut milk bag. I like to add in the lemon juice at the end once the juice is strained.

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Pour it into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Try my Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe Here

Green Chutney

Looking to kick your meals up a notch? I‘ve been adding this green chutney to just about everything! It’s got such a nice mix of spice and flavour and adds a tasty kick to whatever you’re having. In addition to using it as a topping/dipping sauce, I’ve also been adding it into my marinades and curries as well as combining it to yogurt when I’m making ‘raita’ to get some of that delicious flavour.

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The secret ingredient here is the coriander. This chutney lasts for week, so it’s just the thing when you’ve got a bunch or coriander lying around in the fridge, threatening to go brown.

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Green Chutney

Ingredients:

1 small bunch Coriander
5-6 Green Chillies
2 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt

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Method:

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. You may find you have to stop & scrape down the sides a few times with a spatula. Once all the ingredients are well combined, taste and adjust any of the ingredients based on your preference.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, or in the freezer for a few months.

Enjoy!