Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rebellious pesto!

   Normally when you think about pesto you think about basil, pine nuts, and olive oil, but not me. For me pesto means any green thick sauce made out of fresh herbs and green-leafy vegetables (wow, that's very "experty" of me!). I usually make it out of whatever I have in my kitchen, pair it with chicken and pasta, and I get a delicious dinner! This time I had rather unconventional pesto ingredients, but I got one of the best sauces I've ever made (oh, and it was almost fat free)!

*  1 chicken breast(cubed)
*  2 cups arugula
*  1 large onion (chopped)
*  1/2 cup chopped cilantro
*  1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
*  1/2 cup slivered almonds
*  1/4 cup lime juice
*  1/4 cup fat-free milk
*  salt and pepper

*  fettuccine pasta

1. Combine all the ingredients (besides chicken and pasta) in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
2. In a non stick pan saute chicken until browned and cooked, add the pesto sauce, and cook for 5 more minutes.
3. Boil pasta, add it to the sauce, and cook all together for 2-3 minutes so pasta can absorb some of the "juices"

   Who would have thought that cilantro and mint would go together so well? The almonds don't really puree all the way so they give the sauce a nice crunch and the acidity of the lime juice gives it a great touch! It's a very unique dish and has lots of flavors! If you are vegetarian, just skip the meat and you can enjoy it as well.

Good luck.


  1. is it for 4 servings?
    Seems like a very interesting take on a classic sauce.Thanks for the post/Hannah

    1. Everything depends on how big you like your dinner to be, but yes, I got 4 servings out of it :). Good luck!