Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chicken Pesto, Presto! Freezer Meal {Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free}

Low-FODMAP Freezer Meal: Chicken Pesto, Presto! {also Gluten-Free}  /  Delicious as it Looks

I don't know about you, but there are just some days that I don't feel like cooking at all. Nor do I feel like going out or spending money on takeout. For those days, I rely on freezer meals. When my husband and I were first married, I actually didn't cook much. I worked full-time in engineering and when I wasn't doing that, I was recovering from surgeries. So we ate a lot of frozen chicken nuggets, pizza and prepared freezer meals like Chicken Voila! This was long before the low-FODMAP diet, so I had no idea that eating such foods was likely causing my IBS.



When I finally cleaned up my diet, started cooking healthier foods and blogging, I found that I really missed the Chicken Voila: tasty pasta, chicken and veggies, just throw it in the skillet and it's done. So I decided to come up with my own version. The key ingredient in this freezer meal recipe is frozen pesto sauce cubes. Make up a batch pesto, saute some chicken and bag it with some frozen veggies and it's good to freeze! The only thing you have to do is boil some pasta while it's all cooking up in the skillet. Dinner is served Presto!


Frozen Pesto Cubes  /  Delicious as it Looks
The first step is making up a batch of my Spinach Basil Pesto and freezing it in an ice cube tray. You will get these beautiful cubes of pesto sauce.



Sauteed Chicken  /  Delicious as it Looks
The second step is sauteing up a batch of chicken breasts. Simply season with salt and pepper and cook in olive oil over medium-high heat.



Low-FODMAP Freezer Meal: Chicken Pesto, Presto! {also Gluten-Free}  /  Delicious as it Looks
Divide the sauteed chicken breasts up evenly between the freezer bags and add a cup each of broccoli and carrots and two cubes of pesto sauce. Freeze until you need 'em!



Low-FODMAP Freezer Meal: Chicken Pesto, Presto! {also Gluten-Free}  /  Delicious as it Looks
To make a 2-serving size freezer bag, boil a cup of gluten-free pasta while the chicken, veggies and pesto simmer in a skillet. Toss the pasta with the chicken mixture.



Low-FODMAP Freezer Meal: Chicken Pesto, Presto! {also Gluten-Free}  /  Delicious as it Looks
Serve with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.



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Chicken Pesto, Presto!
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free
makes 4 freezer bags (each bag serves 2)

Ingredients

For the freezer bags:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (1.5 lb.) package boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
4 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
4 cups fresh or frozen sliced carrots
8 frozen cubes Spinach Basil Pesto

To prepare each bag (2 servings):
1 cup gluten-free pasta, such as rotini, penne or fusilli
1 Chicken Pesto, Presto! freezer bag
1/4 cup  water
grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

For the freezer bags:

  1. Dice the chicken breasts into 1" cubes and season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and saute until browned and no longer pink inside. Remove chicken from pan and let cool.
  2. To make the freezer bags, label (4) quart-size freezer bags with the name of the recipe and the date. Divide the chicken evenly between the bags and add 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup carrots and 2 frozen pesto cubes to each bag. Freeze.

To prepare each bag (2 servings):

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, add the contents of the freezer bag to a large skillet. Add 1/4 cup water and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 7 to 8 minutes, or until veggies are tender and chicken is heated through.
  3. Add cooked pasta to chicken mixture and toss to combine. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Low-FODMAP Make-Ahead Freezer Meal: Chicken Pesto, Presto! {also Gluten-Free}  /  Delicious as it Looks


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