Pesto Chicken

Picky Eaters

This has always fascinated me.  What makes a picky eater?  I don’t want to get started on adult picky eaters… I think they are food snobs of a terrible color.  If you’re an adult picky eater, and have no food allergies or sensitivities that forces you to have dietary restrictions, you should be banished to a 3rd world country for a minimum of a year in which you don’t know the language, and therefore must eat whatever is put in front of you.

\I’m not hating here… I’m actually speaking on personal experience.  Believe it or not, I had a terribly snobby palate until I went on a missions trip when I was 16:  I didn’t speak the language, and I wouldn’t dare be rude to the hosts.  So, I ate ALL of their foods. And you know what?  I lived to tell the tale.  And it was an amazing experience.

Glad I didn’t get started on adults.  Anyway, I meant to start on children.  

Kids are notoriously choosy when it comes to food: they often only eat a small subset of foods, constantly repeating them.  I am including myself here too: it’s hard for me to believe bc I eat pretty much anything now, but if it wasn’t chicken nuggets, fries, chocolate, or grilled cheese, I was throwing a fit.

Why is this? It can’t be just that kids’ palates aren’t yet developed to enjoy more complex foods. It has to be something psychological. The biggest phenom I’ve seen so far are my two nephews: just under two years apart, growing up in the same house, with the same folks raising them, provided all of the same foods/smells/allergens/etc, and exposed to all of the same advertisements and influences. Yet, the younger kid is the pickiest eater known to man, and the older kid will eat anything– sushi, Thai, steamed veggies, anchovies– you name it, he will try it. What is going on there? Is it just personality, or is it tastebuds?
I’m all about the why. I always want to know what makes people tick. In the meantime, I’ll make something that I love:  pesto-stuffed chicken.  Cheese and chicken, how can you go wrong?

Materials:

  • non-stick oven-proof dish, or dish with aluminum foil and cooking spray
  • knife
  • spoon

Ingredients:

  • chicken breasts, one per person
  • pre-made pesto
  • parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Laying the breasts down, carefully slice chicken breasts half-way through and split open.FullSizeRender
  3. Using a spoon, spread about a tablespoon of pesto inside each breast.FullSizeRender
  4. Close each chicken breast and lay each in dish.  Cover the outside with parmesan cheese and pepper.
  5. Bake until cooked through, about 15-22 minutes.FullSizeRender
  6. Enjoy!IMG_5237

Completely Guilt Free (and Healthy!) PB-Chocolate-Banana Dessert (Needs a Better Name)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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Materials:

  • non-stick oven-proof dish, or dish with aluminum foil and cooking spray
  • knife
  • spoon

Ingredients:

  • chicken breasts, one per person
  • pre-made pesto
  • parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Laying the breasts down, carefully slice chicken breasts half-way through and split open.
  3. Using a spoon, spread about a tablespoon of pesto inside each breast.
  4. Close each chicken breast and lay each in dish.  Cover the outside with parmesan cheese and pepper.
  5. Bake until cooked through, about 15-22 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

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