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I am a momma-to-be, a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Chicken Pesto Kale Lasagna, and a shout out to sistahs.

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New recipe time: Chicken Pesto Kale Lasagna!

I apologize for the blurriness- I was hungry.

I made this a few months ago to bring over to my sister's house- she was pregnant with her 3rd boy (now ages 5, 1, and newborn... holy God) and I wanted to give her some healthy family grub in her freezer. 

Aunty Katy's Pesto Kale Lasagna, Turkey Chili, Lentil Soup, Chicken Chili, and Turkey Lasagna! 
My sister is seriously my hero. I don't know how she does it- she is a trauma nurse, fitness instructor, and mother of 3. 
While my nephew is cute, I'm more concerned with my sister's guns. 
She is also freaking hilarious. 

Sadly, this was at a wedding. That's the bride in the background.

....Same wedding.
She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy 2 months ago:

Poser, at one day old.

My heart. x3.

I'm smiling through my tears, after being stopped by security when trying to steal this child.

This was the first time I've cooked with Kale and it was fabulous! It kept its crunchiness and no one noticed it was a "new green" in the lasagna. You'll need: 

-WW Lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed, and laid out individually
-1 jar of pesto
-1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped 
-1 head of kale, flash boiled and chopped
-1 container light ricotta cheese
-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
-1/2 cup shredded light mozzarella cheese
-salt and pepper

Hahah this really does not look appetizing, but I promise.. it is. 
I decided to do just two layers of noodles- top and bottom- as the middle layer often just gets lost! It allows for you to really shove the good stuff in the middle. 

Set your oven to 350. Mix kale, chicken, greek yogurt, ricotta, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread pesto on the bottom of the glass lasagna pan, and add one layer of noodles. Add the mixed layer, and top with another layer of noodles. Spread pesto liberally over the top layer of noodles, and cover with foil. Cook in the centre rack for 35 minutes. Take off the foil and add the mozzarella cheese. Cook for another 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!!! 

My sister deserves a home cooked meal made for her and her family- this felt amazing to make and give to someone who I know will enjoy it. She is cray cray about fitness (she ran the Sporting Life 10k 7 weeks after giving birth!) and is currently teaching Stroller Fit and Baby and Me classes, all while getting about 2.5 hours of sleep. This woman does not stop. 

Who would you make a home cooked meal for? Yourself counts.