Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe

The basil in the garden is growing like crazy.  Combined with the rain and the heat everything exploded over the past week.  Finally I could make some pesto.

I generally don’t measure anything when I am making it but I’ll assign some easy measurements as a guideline.  Usually it’s more like I harvest as much basil that is ready and go from there.

I tend to serve the pesto with fresh bread as an appetizer.  Even the kids love it.  Once our spinach is in, we can switch out the basil for spinach to encourage more healthy green eating.

Basil Pesto and Garlic Scapes

Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe

Homemade Basil Pesto

Course Sauce

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups basil leaves packed. remove any hard stems
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts, which I never have on hand
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese not the Kraft powdery stuff
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 garlic scapes chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pulse the walnuts in the food processor first to a finely chopped consistency.
  • Add basil, cheese, garlic and scapes to processor and blend well.
  • While machine is running, pour olive oil in slowly.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse well after each addition.
Keyword pesto

Garlic Scape and Pesto

The garlic scape was a new addition this week.  They come in lots of different varieties and the spiciness varies greatly.  Adjust the amount of garlic you add to the pesto if you have very spicy garlic scapes.  I used the Keith garlic scape this week and it wasn’t super spicy so I still used about 3 tablespoons of garlic.

Enjoy!

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Skip the drive thru and the frozen food aisle.  Here is an easy chicken nugget recipe that is both kid, and husband, friendly.  I grew up eating these and I have hardly tweaked the original recipe from the Eater’s Choice cookbook.  Now I make sure to cook enough so there is leftovers for the kids lunches.

A note about breadcrumbs.  I use the heels of my bread and pulse them in the food processor.  I have also used panko breadcrumbs as well and they come out just as crunchy.

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe

Emily
Kid-approved healthy chicken nuggets are a winner at the dinner table.
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Cuisine American, dinner
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Cup Breadcrumbs 2-3 pieces of bread
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Dipping Sauce~ 2 1/2 Tsp Honey and 2 Tbl Dijon Mustard

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces, about 8 pieces per breast.
  • Mix oil, garlic, pepper and chicken in a zip top bag and marinate about 30 minutes. (You can do it in the morning and let it sit till evening, or just marinate for a few minutes, it doesn't make a huge difference in taste.)
  • Mix breadcrumbs with cayenne pepper. Roll chicken pieces in bread crumbs and place on a large cookie sheet. I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper to make clean up easy.
  • Bake 15-17 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Use honey mustard sauce or ketchup for dipping.

Notes

Updated: Instead of a breadcrumb topping, you can coarsely chop 3/4 cups of nuts. Pecans, walnuts or almonds are all healthy choices. If you choose a nut topping, omit the garlic from the recipe.

 

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe

 

Chicken Nuggets Honey Mustard Sauce

Enjoy this healthy homemade chicken nugget recipe. I’ve been eating this version since I was a kid!