Basil

A delicious way to utilize your plants!

Hi there! I have been super excited to update y’all on my garden life! I really want to talk about how there is much more to gardening than growing pretty flowers. Although, I started this hobby because I love love love pretty flowers. Anyways, how cool would it be to actually eat something that you grew instead of buying it from the store? This week I made some delicious basil pesto. Whether you have tried this or not, it’s definitely worth giving it a shot!  As stated in the name, the recipe needs basil. Basil is super easy to grow and I bought a packet of seeds for about $3. I’ll begin the growing process next time, but you can use basil for many things! This herb has a strong, sweet smell and is used often in Italian food. This recipe only takes about 10 minutes total.

Basil

Fresh Basil, olive oil, parmesan, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.

Fresh Basil Pesto:

  • 3 cups of fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup + 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan
  • salt and pepper to your liking

First, you’ll want to make sure you water your basil plant the night before harvesting. The next morning is the best time to pick basil from your plant because the plant will be hydrated. Next, except for the olive oil, gather all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used a chopper). Process for a few minutes and add the olive oil as you blend. Blend until you have a smooth pesto. BOOM! You now have fresh basil pesto!

Basil Pesto

Blend all ingredients for a few minutes until smooth.

Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto

An example and delicious dish you can incorporate your fresh basil pesto into is what I call Baked Basil Pesto Chicken. This is a really simple dish and takes about an hour to cook. You will need the following items: 6 chicken breasts (or as many as you’d like), sliced Roma tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, and basil pesto. Again, really simple and really easy. First, spray glassware with non-stick cooking spray and pre-heat oven to 400˚. The chicken breasts I used were pretty thick, so I cooked the chicken with only the basil pesto rubbed on top for 40 minutes. Then, top with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. You can use as much parmesan and tomatoes to your liking. I really like cheese, so I used about 2-3 cups. Place back into oven for about 15 minutes. Though, keep an eye on it because oven temperatures differ.

Chicken

Baked Basil Pesto Chicken

I would like to include postings like this one to show you how you can utilize your garden to the fullest. It is really cool when you can use products from your garden rather than buying it in the grocery store. Basil can be pretty pricy at your local grocery store for such a small amount of product. Depending on the upkeep of your basil plant, the plant can yield about 20 cups of fresh basil. All for the price of $3!

I hope you all find use in this post and if you have any questions, suggestions, or if you just want to leave a nice comment, then do so below!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! & stay tuned for the fun gardening in the next post.

Best wishes,

Danielle

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