Tonight. Hump Day (Hump daaaaaay). I made it happen. I questioned my dedication to making it happen as I threw my body against the ground for burpees and wall-balled and rowed my legs to jello at the late Crossfit Strong class tonight. Yes, the thought of the classic and easier giant salad was a tempting out upon getting home so late. But this girl is busy and tonight was the night to make this happen. And mm-mm. I have no regrets.
I may be dripping sweat still but this meal was cleeeeeaaaan....
Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Baked Chicken Wrapped Asparagus.
One more time.
Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Baked Chicken Wrapped Asparagus. Yes.
- 3 chicken breasts flattened out (you can either use a meat hammer OR you can sometimes get your butcher to give you "Chicken Scaloppini"...or thin chicken cuts
- Bundle of Asparagus spears
- Avocado oil (or preferred baking oil)
- Seasonings (I used Flavor God "Garlic Lovers"...garlic powder and s&p would do the trick)
- Preheat oven to 400*
- I put down some avocado oil on a foiled pan and then laid out my thin chicken cuts
- Spray or brush some avocado oil on the chicken and add seasonings
- Add 8 or so asparagus spears
- Wrap the chicken at an angle so the ends are on the bottom to help keep it together
- Sprinkle with some more Garlic Lovers (or chosen spices)
- Get it baking and let it bake for about 15-18 minutes while you make the Pesto....
(This is a prime example of utilizing your community resources. In the middle of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, I have finally realized the recipe forums are such great resources and found this there)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil is best)
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup fresh basil (a small bunch)
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor or blender, mix the garlic, sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs
- Stream in olive oil in the processor until the pesto begins to form
- Add salt and pepper to paste
- Now take out your chicken and add a nice dollop (what would you do with a dollop...) to each bundle
- Bake for another 5-8 minutes depending on how much further your chicken needs to cook.
Enjoy! Don't be afraid to cook dirty and eat clean!