Cucumber Noodles With Balsamic Chicken & Pesto

LUNCH

Sometimes you just crave some spaghetti with pesto sauce. It’s such a delicious meal and while I still absolutely love these savory and decadent meals, I’m not always a fan of how heavy they are and how full you feel afterwards. So, naturally being a huge fan of raw foods I decided to make a healthier version of this dish that was easy, tasty, appealed to the eye and was actually very good for you!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 large strawberry (optional)
  • small handful sprouts (optional)
  • 3 oz organic free range chicken breast
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

FOR THE PESTO

  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP pine nuts
  • pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
  • small handful fresh basil

DIRECTIONS

Cucumber Noodles: 1) Wash your cucumber. 2) Use a spiralizer on the small noodle setting. If you do not have a spiralizer, use a vegetable peeler. Holding the cucumber, peel each layer away from you, creating long, thin strips. Repeat on the full cucumber until there is nothing left. If you wish, cut each piece in half so it resembles fettuccine. Add to a bowl and move on to the pesto.

Pesto Sauce: 1) In your blender or food processor, add all pesto ingredients and blend for a minute or two, until well combined. 2) Cover your noodles and let them sit while you cook your chicken.

Balsamic Chicken: 1) Cut your chicken into bite size pieces. 2) Add 1 inch of water into your pan and turn on the stove to medium heat. Add your chicken and cover. Let the water lightly boil, stirring the chicken occasionally for around 8  minutes, or until each piece is fully cooked through. 3) Once the chicken has cooked, drain the water & add 1 tablespoons of coconut oil into the pan, keeping the stove on medium-low heat. Add the balsamic vinegar and let it begin to lightly bubble, stirring to fully coat the chicken.

Finally, toss everything in a bowl, adding chopped strawberries and sprouts (optional, but I highly recommend). This meal might seem like it take a long time but I promise it is quite quick! It’s such a powerhouse of various nutrients and a perfect balance of raw food and cooked to give you the maximum benefit of vitamins and minerals from your food.

xoxo,

Nikki

 

 

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