Foodie Friday – Chicken and Pasta

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Earlier this week Diane posted about the Mediterranean Diet. I got curious and checked out the link she had posted. I am trying to eat healthier, and introduce a better variety of food to my kids, so I decided to add a recipe from the Mediterranean Diet to my menu each week.
I wanted to start with something similar to foods we already eat, you know, to not go completely foreign on my poor husband and kids.  I wanted to try the Penne with Arugula Pesto, Peas and Grilled Chicken.
Let me tell you something, before you decide to start making a dish, double check you have all the ingredients. Assumption means some last minute and strange substitutions.  Using the original recipe as a base, I created for dinner
Rotini with Spinach Pesto, Tomatoes and Chicken

Ingredients
12 oz Tri Color Rotini Pasta
A bunch of Spinach (eyeball it)
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
1 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 large Tomato, cut into chunks
2 lbs cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
4oz Asiago cheese grated

Directions
In a food processor, process Spinach, Almonds, garlic, salt and pepper. If you don’t have a food processor a blender works, but you have to push the spinach down between pulses.  Slowly pour in olive oil while processing. Pour the Pesto into a large serving bowl.
Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and pour on top of pesto. Toss the pasta to cover with pesto.
Toss in the tomato, chicken and cheese. Serve.
Yields about 8 servings

I am so excited to see what you all have to link up this week!  Here are a few of my favorites from the last weeks linky (there were so many yummy ones!)
For a yummy and unique breakfast check out Tessa the Domestic Diva’s Mexican Eggs!
For a Meatless Dinner, head over to Meatless Mediterranean and try out this White Bean, Tomato and Vegetable Stew

Finally, please enjoy this yummy yummy looking dessert (my mouth has been watering all week with this one!)
Italian Tartufo from Life is Sweets

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