sun-dried tomato pesto chicken pasta & a bella sun luci's giveaway

I think I've just found my new favorite marinade.  It is so unbelievably easy.  Pesto+EVOO=BAM! It's just so good.  I made this the other night and tried to make extra so we could take it for lunch the next day. Jason and I ate all of it in a single sitting. We literally inhaled it. 

Sun-dried tomatoes lend a really unique flavor to any meal you add them to... They are perfect for sauces, salads, soups, sea food, chicken, pizza, muffuletta... really anything that needs just a pinch of something sweet. The faint sweetness doesn't overwhelm savoury flavors, but gently underpins them achieving a fresh, balanced taste. They are pretty handy to stash in your pantry. Plus, you can get 12 times more Lycopene (an antioxidant that fights free radicals) from preserved tomatoes, than from fresh tomatoes.

Bella Sun Luci's incredible Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce really makes this meal.  Let the chicken marinate for a few hours, then cook it in a little olive oil.  Add some spinach, a little parm, a hint of lemon juice, some (GF) pasta, and you're in business. It's a simple meal that will WOW your tastebuds. 

Now, don't you wanna win this? 3 bags of sun-dried tomatoes and 4 jars of sauces/pestos/bruschetta? I really love Bella Sun Luci's products because they don't use sugar in most of their products. It's a really nice little discovery if you are paleo. 

To win your own sample kit from Bella Sun Luci, you need to do two things.  Like their page on Facebook and leave a comment below telling what you would do with this box of goodies! This sample kit includes several varieties of sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, bruschetta, pasta sauce and marinades, so your pantry will be well stocked and you can sprinkle tomatoes in everything! So what would you do? Pizza, pasta, subs, salads, soup? Tell me about it. :)

A winner will be chosen Monday, October 1 @ 10:30 pm, EST. 

And the winner is comment #12... Ray! Congrats, Ray!  Ray is going to make, "A homemade supreme pizza loaded with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers and of course SundriedTomatoes, Italian Herbs & Pine Nut sauce! Top with freshly grated mozzarella to melt all over it!" DELICIOUS!  

Ray, email your address to heathermish{at}gmail.com and we will get your box shipped out!  Special thanks to the Mooney Farms for sponsoring the giveaway and to all of you for participating! I loved all your ideas!  Definitely gonna be whipping up some of these recipes soon! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS SPONSORED BY Mooney Farms. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. GIVEAWAY ONLY OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES. A SWEET, SIMPLE LIFE IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH  MOONEY FARMS AND THUS, ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LATE OR LOST-IN-TRANSIT PRIZES.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Bella Sun Luci's Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce
2 large chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 handfuls fresh spinach
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons black pepper
6 oz dry gluten free spaghetti

Prep Time: 
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Yields: 2 Servings

Method: 

1. Mix pesto and olive oil together.  Pour over chicken.  Cover and let marinate.  The longer, the better.  I let mine sit about 8 hours. 

2. Cook and drain pasta according to package instructions. Save a little pasta water in the pot.  Set aside. 

3. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a small pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil.  Toss chicken in oil and cook until thoroughly done, about 6 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. 

4.  Throw spinach in the pan and cook for a few minutes or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. 

5.  Assemble your meal.  Add lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and pepper to pasta.  Toss in spinach and chicken.  Stir until everything is well coated in parm. Serve in the autumn air with a big glass of wine.