Recipe Review: Homemade Pesto & Pesto Chicken Wrap

I love pesto sauce, probably even more so since I found out I was allergic to tomatoes a couple years ago and therefore have a limit to how...

I love pesto sauce, probably even more so since I found out I was allergic to tomatoes a couple years ago and therefore have a limit to how much I can eat. (I'm only mildly allergic, luckily!) I'd never made it myself, but when I came across this recipe for a healthier, "skinny" version, I decided to try it! It's surprisingly easy, and tastes so good!

Then, continuing the theme of eating healthily without sacrificing taste or your budget, I'm going to share a recipe for a pesto chicken wrap!


Ingredients for the pesto:
3 cups basil leaves (which is just about 1 pack from Trader's)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped (I used 2, since I buy most of my ingredients from Traders and their garlic is so tiny!)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


To make the pesto: 
Combine the basil, almonds, garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse until somewhat mealy. (I find it easier to slowly add in the bunches of pesto, stop the food processor, and move it around to get the leaves down, then add more and repeat. Patience is another ingredient necessary for this part!) Gradually add the olive oil, processing until the mixture is finely chopped yet still has texture. Pulse in the lemon juice.

Ingredients for the wrap (makes 4):
4 flour tortillas or wraps 10-inch diameter.
4 tbsp pesto
1/2lb thinly sliced lean deli chicken (don't substitute for turkey - it really doesn't taste as good, trust me!)
1 small Roma tomato
8 crisp Romaine lettuce leaves


Place tortilla on a work surface and spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on it, leaving a 1-inch border. Divide the chicken and tomato among the wraps and then cover with lettuce. (I actually put the chicken on top of the lettuce to keep it in the wraps easier and weigh it down a little.) Fold in the ends and roll them up tightly. (This is the trickiest part, but you can do it!)

PS. The reason I don't have a photo of the end result of the wrap is because I could never wrap it prettily enough. Apparently my skillZ don't extend to that area! 

Recipes from Candice Kumai's Pretty Delicious

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7 comments

  1. Absolutely adding this pesto recipe to my Delicious! Looks incredible! I made pea soup for the first time last week and was blown away by the intense flavor.

    -Eileen
    www.leanerbythelake.com

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    1. Oooo I love homemade soups! I made an asparagus soup before that was amazing, but so much work! haha Hope you like this pesto!!

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  2. Mmm I love pesto (and hate anything tomato of course)! This wrap would be a really great option to take to work for lunch... if only I could get myself together enough to bring my lunch sometimes :) I swear seamless takes all my money!

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    1. Haha well you're lucky then! :) I generally prefer to shop than spend money on food, and plus I just have to be so conscious of my money these days, sadly!

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  3. This recipe sounds and looks delish! I'm a huge fan of pesto!!! I remember the first time i tried it with pasta when i was still in London, yummers!!! I was laughing when i read your PS...cuz i was just thinking, where is the final product pic?!!? lol...well, as long as it tastes good eh?!;)

    p.s. just curious, what allergic reaction do you get when you eat tomatoes?

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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