A fun, protein-rich spin on the classic Caprese salad.
We love caprese salads! There’s something oh-so-good about the combination of soft mozzarella cheese and hearty, juicy tomatoes. The only problem is that it isn’t very filling. It’s usually used as a side salad or appetizer as it doesn’t contain enough protein to be considered a main course. Well we will change everything! This pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes and green beans will turn your favorite caprese salad into a filling dinner. It has all the flavors you love, plus crispy green beans and hearty pesto.
The addition of the chicken boosts the protein content of this dish, while the green beans add a ton of balanced diet. In the end, it all comes together to create a meal that is full of incredible flavors. As a bonus, it’s ready to eat in just 35 minutes!
Why protein is important
Eating a balanced diet means consuming all macronutrients in moderation. That means heart healthy fats, complex carbohydratesand lean protein. While there are many sources of protein, this recipe uses one of our favorite ingredients: chicken breast.
Chicken breast is considered a lean protein because it doesn’t contain a lot of fat (like pork or beef). These lean proteins are very important for several reasons. Low fat proteins provide all of the benefits of protein without weighing you down with excess saturated fat.
The main benefit of protein for weight loss is the feeling of satiety. It fills you up and keeps you full longer. In addition, it supports several important body functions. Protein helps the body repair itself and build muscle, which is especially important when you are exercising. It also helps in building antibodies and keeps the immune system strong.
Preparing pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes and green beans
We have found that one of the best ways to stay on track with a diet or weight loss program is to simplify meals. When, after a busy day, we choose to take away, warm up a frozen meal, or cook a dinner cooked from scratch, we can pretty sure imagine which option most of us will choose!
It’s easy to plan ahead when making this roasted tomato and green bean pesto chicken. We think the vegetables taste freshest and best when cooked just before serving this dish, and that there isn’t a lot of chopping here. If you run out of time, you can definitely cook them ahead of time and reheat them in the oven until they warm up.
When it comes to the chicken, it’s easy to cook in advance. Cook the chicken through and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. When you heat it up again, add the pesto and mozzarella. If you really want to save time, you can use scraps of chicken (like ours) too All chicken Recipe) or fried chicken instead.
- 1 lb green beans fresh, ends cut
- 1 Cup Cocktail tomatoes cut in half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt taste
- ground black pepper taste
- 4th Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoon Pesto
- 4th Mozzarella cheese slices fat-free (optional)
Preheat oven to 425.
In a bowl, combine the green beans, tomatoes, half of the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the beans and tomatoes begin to bubble and brown.
In the meantime, pat the chicken breast dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in a pan over medium heat. Put the chicken in the hot pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until brown. Turn the chicken over and spread the pesto (evenly spread over all the pieces) on the browned side of the chicken. Cook for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
If you are using the mozzarella slices, place them on top of the fully cooked chicken. If necessary, put a lid on the pan to melt the cheese. Serve the chicken alongside the roasted beans and tomatoes.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
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