Paleo Pasta Primavera
I know, I know, typically Pasta Primavera is a dish eaten in spring time, but I was craving a dinner loaded with veggies, so even though it is autumn I decided to make this tonight for dinner. I used my homemade Paleo Basil Pesto as my sauce, which was perfect with all the vegetables that went into this dish. I added grilled chicken, but if you would like to make this vegan, please feel free to skip the chicken. You can also change up the veggies that you add - try asparagus, mushrooms or carrots; I promise it will taste just as good as the vegetables listed below.
2 small zucchinis, turned into noodles
2 tablespoons Paleo Basil Pesto
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
3-4 small chicken tenderloins
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon pine nuts
salt and pepper to taste
Boil a small pot of water; once boiling, add your frozen broccoli. Cook until tender (I cooked it about 7 minutes on a low boil). Drain in a colander and set aside. Go ahead and half your cherry tomatoes and set aside.
In a non-stick pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add your chicken tenderloins. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes, until half-way cooked. Once the chicken is halfway cooked (you will see it cooking up the side of the tenderloin) flip and cook for another 5 minutes. When the chicken is cooked, set aside on a cutting board and allow the meat to rest for a few minutes. Chop the chicken in small bite sized bits.
Using a spiralizer, turn your zucchini into noodles. Heat a second non-skillet with the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. Quickly chop your zucchini noodles - this way your noodles are easier to stir and are not crazy long. Add the chopped noodles to the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute or two.
Turn off the heat to your pan; add the cooked broccoli, chicken and pesto and stir together. There should still be residual heat in your pan, so let the whole thing sit for another minute until it is incorporated. Plate your mixture and top with the pine nuts.