Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!! I’m relishing in the final hours of my long weekend…why is it even with long weekends I always wish I had just one more day to just do nothing!
So the 5-mile race… don’t you love how 1 year can make you entirely forget how hard something is?? Well it was HOT and HILLY and I just really had to listen to my body on this one, so I ended up walking a lot of the hills. I still shaved a few minutes off my time though! This race is not chip timed, so by my watch I finished in about 53:30, which is about 3-4 minutes better than last year. I was NOT going for any sort of time so I would of been happy with any time…I just wanted to finish! :)
This afternoon when we got home I was in the mood to make dinner and new exactly what to make after watering the abundance of basil in our garden!
Pesto! I went out with my herb snips and gathered some fragrant green leaves
I also grabbed some mesclun lettuce :) Maybe for lunch tomorrow
I also grabbed the only 3 baby orange cherry tomatoes that were ripe
Dinner started with marinating some Organic Free-Range skinless boneless chicken thighs in garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and fresh parsley! This sat for about 1 hour before grilling
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1/3 cup Olive Oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2-3T pasta water
- First, chop the garlic cloves in half
- Heat about 3 T of the olive oil at medium heat and saute the garlic just for a minute or two…don’t brown it!! This just takes the edge off the garlic a little.
- Add everything to the food processor
- Add the Basil
Process until you get a basil-y paste! This is like a concentrated pesto paste :)
Either before or after making the pesto base, cook your pasta (I used whole wheat rotini). When the pasta is done take a cup and scoop out some of the pasta water before draining.
Then add 2-3T of the water to the pesto and process…add water until desired consistency is reached. DON’T ADD TOO MUCH! You don’t want to dilute the pesto, just thin is out a little to make it more of a thick sauce…something you could still spread on a sandwich. The pasta water also gives some creaminess to the sauce.
Then I steamed some broccoli while Brian went out and grilled the chicken.
My pesto comes out different every time but this batch was particularly delicious! Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow…this is going to be awesome cold. I’m so excited to use more of my garden-goods!
I have a nice cool air conditioned bedroom waiting for me :) Good Night!