A full-of-flavor, super easy pesto pasta without the half ton of oil, calories and fat that usually come with it! Pesto! I mean, Presto! A delicious, healthy meal!
I LOVE pesto, who’s with me?!! For the sake of this post, I’m going to pretend that I heard lots of loud, boisterous cheering from all of you because pesto is perfection. Seriously, what’s not to love? You combine a handful of amazing ingredients that you then use to coat pasta. Hmm… pasta.
Pasta is a little bit tricky on the 21 Day Fix. Some of us can only have a total of 1 cup of “yellows*” in a whole day… which doesn’t feel like all that much. I don’t know about you, but I need pasta in my life. The trick is to bulk it up with protein and veggies and cover it with a healthy sauce. I’m getting pretty good at this trick, have you checked out my 21 Day Fix Broccoli Mac & Cheese? Because it’s ridiculous.
I’ve had a vague idea for this pasta in the back of my mind for a while now. I had a chicken dish once from Bucca Di Beppo that was served on top of a pesto cream sauce and I’ve been hooked on that idea ever since. Anyway, I recently ran out of an important ingredient that I had needed for dinner that night, so instead of going out and getting said ingredient (which probably would’ve taken a good 45 minutes to an hour due to the location of the nearest grocery store) I looked around in my fridge and realized that I had all of the ingredients on hand to make this instead! Needless to say, I was pretty excited… it turned out so well I knew you guys would love it! Especially since you all love pesto. I heard you cheering, don’t forget.
I used zucchini in this recipe because that’s what I had on hand the first time that I made it and we all loved it, but feel free to add whatever veggies you like! I’ll be honest, I also kind of liked that everything was green… I guess I’m weird like that. Btw, if you left out the chicken and doubled up on the veggies, I think this would make an awesome side dish, too. Just some food for thought 🙂 Have a great day, and go get a workout in! You deserve it!
*”Yellows” are what 21 Day Fixers refer to as carbs though we still get plenty of fruits and veggies (which also have carbs) on top of these ones – I just want to be clear that the 21 Day Fix isn’t some crazy low-carb diet or something. 😉
**Update: There’s been a correction to the container equivalents in this recipe. The original stated each serving as having 1 red, that’s incorrect, each serving has 1/2 of a red. Sorry for the confusion!