Last night I felt like we were filming an episode of a 30 minute cooking show. I should have taken more pictures, but let me set the scene. Another wonderful and warm day by the ocean, kids playing, husband asleep in his lawn chair…reading a great book. My girlfriend who was on Island celebrating her Birthday (they rented a home a few doors down) pings me that they are heading over “Should we BBQ? I’ll bring what we have in the fridge.”
I really don’t know where the time goes here but sure enough it was 5:45 pm…JEESH!!! This dinner thing really cramps my style here -living a lazy life by the beach. I opened the fridge to see what we had to throw on the BBQ. Chicken, skinless and boneless. Not great for the BBQ…but then dinner presented itself.
When you clean the crap out of your cupboards, pantry and refrigerator you make room for staples that lead to healthier options. When you look for ideas and recipes like I do, your brain starts to bank them. Baked Pesto Chicken, a recipe I had been wanting to try. I spotted this in one of the South Beach Cookbooks a long time ago. Tonight was the night.
1) Pre-heat oven to 375
2) Spread Pesto into the bottom of a baking dish
3) Add chicken
4) Add more Pesto
5) Cover with tinfoil and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes
6) Add cheese and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes
We shucked some corn, added butter and seasoning and cooked those for about 30 minutes
So at 6:30 pm everyone was eating (what I must say turned out to be some of the best chicken and corn I have personally had in a long time), drinking wine, and relaxing back by the ocean…right where we all wanted to be.
You HAVE to love a recipe that everyone asks for, and you can give to them without writing a single thing down! Simple, healthy, yummy…all Good Stuff!
In writing this post I googled the recipe and Kalyn’s Kitchen did and awesome job of describing this recipe in more detail. I also used her “final product” picture above.