Tuesday, September 18, 2012

{Paleo} Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pesto Pasta + My Paleo Page

Good morning, good morning! 

The thing I most frequently get emails/questions about about is the Paleo diet. Cam and I started eating Paleo in February of this year, and while we do not follow it 100% (which is blatantly evident if you follow me on Instagram!) we have used it's principles to drastically restructure our eating habits at home. It's had an extremely positive impact on our lives, and so I wanted to create a place on this blog to serve as a resource for others who might be interested in going Paleo as well as answer questions about our personal experience. I finished the page last night, and it's chock full of information (and it also took me a longgggg time to put together) so be sure to take a look! I'll probably be adding more information in the future, but for now it's a good starting point that explains what Paleo is, my personal views on it, our day to day diet, and more. (And if you have additional questions beyond what's on the page, please feel free to email me!)

So go check it out now :)

Now that the Paleo page is finished, I thought today would be the perfect time to post an awesome Paleo recipe! I actually tried out this Creamy Avocado and Spinach "Pasta" Recipe awhile ago and was really impressed with how it came out. It includes 3 of my favorite ingredients--basil, spinach, and avocado and although you are using spaghetti squash instead of actual pasta noodles, it tastes surprisingly delicious. The avocado makes the pesto really creamy and it's a great way to get a ton of veggies in one meal!


Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pesto Pasta
Recipe Source: PaleOMG

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4


 Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 avocados, pits removed
  • 6 cups of fresh spinach (or more, if you’d like)
  • 1lb chicken, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
 
Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, and remove the excess seeds and strings. 
 
  
 Place open side down on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes or until spaghetti squash is soft when you push the skin or the threads easily come out when you take a fork to it. 

While your spaghetti squash cooks, place a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 


 Add two minced garlic cloves to your hot pan and then toss in your spinach. Let your spinach wilt down, then add it to your food processor. 

In the same pan, add your diced chicken and onion to cook down. 


 Then add 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, thyme, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper to the pan and mix well. 


 While your chicken cooks down, add 2 avocados to your food processor along with your lemon, fresh basil, 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, thyme, and garlic powder and a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Puree until smooth, then add your 2 tablespoons of your leftover olive oil. 


Once your spaghetti squash is done cooking and cooled, dethread your spaghetti squash and place threads in a large bowl. 

Then add your chicken that has cooked completely through and top off with your spinach and avocado sauce. 


 Mix thoroughly and top with a bit of basil. 

Eat it like you mean it!

This recipe tasted great the day I made it, but it was also perfect of leftovers as well. It's very comforting, but still light so it would be a perfect September dinner. Enjoy and go Paleo! Xoxo

8 comments:

  1. My eyes bulged out of my head a little when I saw this. It looks so good! I love that you're enjoying the Paleo diet. That's awesome!

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  2. yum yum yum! I have been wanting to make some spaghetti squash lately! And our neighbors are Paleo so I have been doing some research!

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  3. That looks incredible! I think your blog is becoming a go-to for recipes for me, we did the slow cooker flank steak tacos and they were incredible! We'll for sure be trying this recipe too =)

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  4. I totally just pinned this....I'm going to have to try it!

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  5. First of all, THANK YOU for the Paleo page! I'm so excited to use it as a learning tool once I start. Second, this looks divine. So DIVINE.

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  6. This looks absolutely insanely delicious! I've been so busy studying for the GRE these past few weeks that I haven't had the time to cook a proper meal, so I'm pinning this recipe for future reference :) Thanks for sharing! xoxo, eliza

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  7. This recipe looks great! Since paleo is quite a popular topic at the moment, i'm definitely going to read more about it on your page..although i really don't think i will ever be able to fully partake.

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  8. Yum! This sounds delicious! I love spaghetti squash as my pasta and I'm a huge avocado fan. Pinning this now!

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