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Pesto Chicken Zoodles

 
Pesto Chicken Zoodles
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This recipe can be made gluten free by choosing gluten-free versions of basic ingredients commonly found in supermarkets or online.gluten-free
This recipe is suitable for a primal diet.primal
 
One serving costs about $2.75 One serving costs about $2.75

$2.75 per serving

23 people like this recipe

23 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

3 gluten-free,primal,gluten free,primal condiment,dip,sauce,spread
spoonacular Score:78%

Spoonacular Score: 78%

 

Pesto Chicken Zoodles is a gluten free and primal recipe with 3 servings. For $2.75 per serving, this recipe covers 29% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One serving contains 539 calories, 36g of protein, and 41g of fat. This recipe from spoonacular user davids requires parmesan cheese, chicken breasts, fresh basil leaves, and zucchini. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes. Similar recipes are Pesto Zoodles with Chicken, Pesto Chicken Zoodles, and Pesto Zoodles with Chicken.

Ingredients

Servings:
1 tsp
1 tsp cajun seasoning
cajun seasoning
16 oz
16 oz chicken breasts
chicken breasts
0.75 cup
0.75 cup fresh basil leaves
fresh basil leaves
1 clove
1 clove garlic
garlic
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp garlic salt
garlic salt
0.5 cup
0.5 cup olive oil
olive oil
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese
some
some salt and pepper
salt and pepper
2 large
2 large zucchini
zucchini
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp
cajun seasoning
16 oz chicken breasts
16 oz
chicken breasts
0.75 cup fresh basil leaves
0.75 cup
fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1 clove
garlic
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp
garlic salt
0.5 cup olive oil
0.5 cup
olive oil
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp
parmesan cheese
some salt and pepper
some
salt and pepper
2 large zucchini
2 large
zucchini

Equipment

food processor
food processor
sauce pan
sauce pan
tongs
tongs
frying pan
frying pan
food processor
food processor
sauce pan
sauce pan
tongs
tongs
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Pink When

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $2.75
Ingredient
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
16 ounces chicken breasts
¾ cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp garlic salt
½ cups olive oil
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
2 larges zucchini
Price
$0.07
$4.02
$0.71
$0.07
$0.12
$1.29
$0.11
$1.85
$8.24

Tips

Health Tips

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • Many people will tell you to remove the skin on your chicken to cut down on fat. This is true, but if you like the taste, leave it on! You're only gaining a little fat for a lot of flavor. Plus, a little over half of the fat in chicken skin is monounsatured fat (that's a heart-healthy kind) and the notion that saturated fat is unhealthy is being questioned too. So in our opinion: dig in, skin and all!

  • The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.

Price Tips

  • Fresh herbs can be expensive, so don't let them go to waste. If you have any leftovers, you might be able to freeze them. The Kitchn recommends freezing hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme in olive oil, while Better Homes and Gardens suggests using freezer bags to freeze basil, chives, mint, and more.

  • If you find meat (especially grassfed and/or organic meat!) on sale, stock up and freeze it. Ground meat will stay good 3-4 months, while steaks, chops, etc., will be fine for at least 4 months.

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • If you're using olive oil to cook at high temperatures, make sure that the olive oil you're using has a high smoke point because heating an oil past its smoke point can ruin the flavor and even release harmful compounds into your dish. Many people recommend saving extra-virgin olive oil for cold dishes or for adding the finishing touch to a warm dish. You could also use canola oil, coconut oil, or another good high-temperature oil to be on the safe side.

  • Fresh herbs should be added toward the end of the cooking process — even at the very last minute?especially delicate herbs like cilantro, basil, and dill. Hardier herbs like bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme can be added earlier.

  • If you normally rinse your chicken?stop! You could be spreading bacteria around your kitchen and it isn't really necessary.

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • get more cooking tips

Green Tips

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

  • Choose pasture-raised chicken if it is available. If it is not at your supermarket, visit a farmers' market and ask around.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
538 Calories
35g Protein
41g Total Fat
7g Carbs
24% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
538
27%

Fat
41g
63%

  Saturated Fat
6g
39%

Carbohydrates
7g
3%

  Sugar
5g
6%

Cholesterol
97mg
33%

Sodium
2740mg
119%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
35g
71%

Vitamin B3
16mg
84%

Vitamin B6
1mg
76%

Selenium
49µg
71%

Vitamin K
56µg
54%

Vitamin C
41mg
51%

Phosphorus
418mg
42%

Vitamin E
5mg
40%

Potassium
1163mg
33%

Vitamin B5
2mg
26%

Manganese
0.51mg
25%

Vitamin A
1183IU
24%

Vitamin B2
0.37mg
22%

Magnesium
84mg
21%

Folate
62µg
16%

Vitamin B1
0.2mg
13%

Zinc
1mg
11%

Iron
1mg
11%

Fiber
2g
10%

Copper
0.19mg
9%

Calcium
77mg
8%

Vitamin B12
0.32µg
5%

Vitamin D
0.16µg
1%

covered percent of daily need

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