Here is why I love cooking…
I love when the season is right, the produce is fresh, and Mother Nature gives us some awesome ingredients where we can make a meal that tastes so unbelievable good and is good for you. I have been inspired lately to make more food that my body needs versus what it wants. Don’t worry, I am not turning my blog into a gluten-free, paleo, raw, or vegan/vegetarian food blog. You will still get some of the foods from me made with butter and sugar. But I do believe in balance. You can eat some of those fatty foods in moderation and create delicious healthy meals (like this) and you won’t feel that you are missing a thing.
Let me talk about basil for a minute. Well, I love it! Hello! When I smell basil, my nose is happy, my brain is happy, and my taste buds begin to salivate. I mean I should put this stuff under my pillow and I bet I will sleep better at night. But basil is the super star in this entire dish. You will need 3 bunches of this natural herb to make the pesto sauce that will cover the chicken. It is absolutely amazing. The best thing about this pesto sauce is you can freeze what you don’t use. You can use it for a quick pasta dish, a spread on a sandwich, or a dip. The first time I had pesto I was not a fan, but there is a qualitative difference between pesto that is made fresh in your kitchen versus pesto that is in a bottle.
Also, I am really trying to learn to appreciate and enjoy vegetables more in my diet. I am not a huge veggie person…AT ALL. Therefore, I have to work extra hard to make myself enjoy them. I think I did it with this vegetable medley. See when you try to eat healthier and you don’t put love in your food, it tastes bland and….”healthy”. But if you use a little olive oil, fresh garlic, and fresh herbs it can taste amazing. I encourage you to try it. Here is what you do, go to a farmers market and buy a bunch of vegetables and herbs and get in your kitchen and cook! Explore! You will love it I promise!
Yep! That is eggplant…not a fan. I did have eggplant fries once and they were delicious. I made a horrible assumption that I liked eggplant because I liked those fries. Can we all agree, if you deep fry anything it is naturally going to taste better? Duh, Nicole. But try this meal. Like seriously. It is delicious and the best thing is my man loved it! If he likes it then I know its good.