Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Incredible Hulk Pasta

I've got a great recipe to share with you guys today. It hits all the sweet spots because not only is it yummy, it's healthy and easy and your kids will actually eat it. And when I say easy, I mean it's like shut-your-face easy.

Recently we made a trip to the Cherry Street Farmers' Market to shoot for my new Honeybee Mama Show on Tulsa Feed and to stock up on some yummy fresh produce. We had TONS of fresh basil and spinich and leftover chicken so I thought the best thing to do was to make a spinach pesto sauce and toss it with the chicken and some pasta and voila!

So, here we go with the step-by-step instructions. The full recipe is at the bottom of the post.

Start with your fresh basil and give it a rough chop.

Then rough chop your fresh spinach.

Throw the nuts in a pan on medium high heat with a dab of olive oil to toast.

Throw your olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, lemon oil, lemon zest, salt, spinach, basil and walnuts ALL into the food processor...

...and pulse 'til it looks like this!

Chop up your chicken. I had leftovers from a rotisserie chicken the night before, but you can grill up some chicken breasts, thighs, or even grab some canned chicken if you keep it on hand! I had about 1-2 cups but you can use as much as you like or even leave it out!

Toss it all together with one pound of pasta (I used rotini; you can use whatever you have) until it's well incorporated and serve hot or cold!

The day I made this pasta, I actually didn't stay around to see the kids eat it because I had to run to a meeting but when I came home there were NO leftovers! That means it was a hit. Here's the trick: don't tell your kids what's in it. Just tell them it's Incredible Hulk Pasta and that's why it's green because of all its "flavors" that will make you strong!

Here's the recipe. Let me know what you think!

Incredible Hulk Pasta:

1lb of your choice pasta (I used a whole grain rotini)
1-2 cups cooked chicken (I used some leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (I used the stuff in the green can but fresh is best!)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
5 drops CPTG lemon essential oil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Place all ingredients other than pasta and chicken into a food processor and pulse until creamy.
3. Toss pasta, chicken and the spinach basil pesto sauce (i.e. Incredible Hulk sauce) until well coated and serve hot or cold!

What recipes do you use to sneak in more healthy foods into your kids' diets? 

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