Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Roasted Chicken with Hidden Greens Pesto

An easy recipe for chicken supremes roasted and served with a smooth, fragrant pesto packed with hidden greens. 

Lean Greens provided the greens powder for this recipe, along with a contribution towards the cost of creating the post - thanks for your support! 

Green powders. They're a good way of boosting your intake of leafy greens. You can down the equivalent of a plateful of alfalfa, broccoli, spinach and blueberries in one swig in the morning, before breakfast. Just stirred into a glass of water, or added to your smoothie. And although many green powder companies recommend you take your greens powder just like this, it got me to thinking about other ways you can add it to your diet. 

Like, in your food.


Roasted Chicken with Hidden Greens Pesto


It was at about this time when Lean Greens contacted me and asked if I'd like to try their green veggie powder, and, curious because it seems everyone on Instagram is knocking back a swig of the stuff every day, I said yes. 

The powder is really fine in texture, pale green and almost dusty. You can get a shaker along with it, so that you can mix up the powder and water, give it a shake and drink, or just mix the required amount in a glass of water and stir. Looking at the ingredients, it does contain a lot of health-giving foods - spinach, spirulina, broccoli and blackcurrant, for example, which certainly should add to your five (or is it seven, now?) a day. For paleo readers, it does also contain some non paleo or 'proceed with caution' ingredients such as maltodextrin, wheatgrass and barley grass. I tend to eat nowadays from my own personal diet template, having moved along a bit from 100% paleo. None of these ingredients have any effects on me, and there are lots of reviews on their website about what's worked for customers of the powder (everything from increased energy to reduced symptoms of IBS) but always go with what you know works for you. 

So how can you eat this without just mixing it with water and drinking it? 

I thought of so many things. But the one thing that kept coming back to me was pesto. 


Roasted Chicken with Hidden Greens Pesto


It's a winner. It's already green, so you don't get that weird brownish colour you often get in smoothies when you mix strawberries and spinach. It's easy to add a dollop of it to pretty much anything, so you'll be sure to use it up. Get yourself some zucchini/courgette noodles, cook them up and stir pesto through. It's great for salads, too. And the fragrant basil and garlic might, I thought, hide any 'greens' flavour from the powder, although I have to say it's not as 'green' tasting as some of the other green powders I've tried, but you do get a kind of aftertaste that's similar to green tea, which is not at all a bad thing.


Roasted Chicken with Hidden Greens Pesto


It worked. 

I've used just a teaspoon of powder in this pesto, and it'll make about 4-5 portions, so it'll give you a little boost of the powder in the evening if you've already had a drink of it earlier in the day. The flavour of the powder wasn't hidden completely, which is good - it gives it a richer, deeper flavour and colour. This was a darker green (and packed with more goodness) than any of the pesto recipes I've made in the past. 


Lean Greens Green Powder Recipe


We loved it. 

Roasted Chicken with Hidden Greens Pesto
Serves 2
Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, or supremes, preferably with the skin on
1 tsp olive oil
a pinch of sea salt
30g fresh basil leaves, washed and shaken dry
1 garlic clove, peeled
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Lean Greens powder
2 tbsp pine nuts
1-2 tsp finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
pinch of salt

Method
First, preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF or gas mark 6. Take out a small roasting dish and place the chicken breasts or supremes in it. Rub the skin with olive oil, and sprinkle over a little sea salt. Once the oven is preheated, slide it in and cook for 20 minutes. 

While the chicken is roasting, make the pesto. Place the basil leaves, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Lean Greens powder, pine nuts and the Parmesan, if using, in a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. I like a few pine nuts left chunky to add texture, but it's up to you. Have a taste and season with a pinch of salt, if you think it's needed. 

Once the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crisp (cut into the thickest part to make sure), serve with the pesto. I love mine with some fresh rocket and cherry tomatoes dressed in olive oil and black pepper. 

Find out more about Lean Greens at their website or check out some reviews here

Do you take green veggie powder? How do you like yours? Let me know in the comments below. 





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