birds!

Hey, this is my 500th post! Is that really true? WordPress says it’s so. HOW CRAZY.

Two bird related topics today: One about music, one about food.

Christanthi played my new favorite workout song during Spin this morning. Download it, Spotify it, whatever it takes – but you NEED this song on your exercise playlist – Annie Lennox’s “Little Bird.” Let me know how it goes!

And main course for tonight: Roasted Pesto Chicken

Sunflower seeds are way cheaper than the traditional pine nut pesto typically calls for. And I had some in my freezer, so here it is, my own recipe:

Sunflower Basil Pesto

2 Cups Fresh Basil
1/3 Cups Toasted, Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
2-3 Cloves Garlic
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
juice of 2 lemons
1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Black Pepper to Taste

It turned out light and flavorful, perfect for poultry. The lemon juice makes it easy to blend without adding excess fat/calories, consequently allowing you to scale back the oil.

Next step – rub pesto liberally in between skin and breast of a whole chicken. Then rub the outside with the mix as well. I threw some salt, pepper and a halved lemon in the cavity. Now cross your fingers for a good final product… I’m not roasting it until later this evening. Stay tuned for the after shot!

Happy Saturday!

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