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Monday, February 10, 2014

Recipe: Savoury Chicken and Pesto Crepes

Healthy Low Carb Savoury Chicken and Pesto Crepe Recipe

I've never been a fan of eggs. As a baby, I'd spit them back at my Mum or hold my mouth so tightly shut that no spoon had a chance of entering - as a child, I'd gag at the smell of fried eggs - but as an adult? I gave them a little bit more of a chance. 

I've always used eggs in cakes and baked goods - but the idea of eating anything that remotely resembled eggs in looks or texture totally skieved me out. Crepes? Nope... Frittatas... Nope... Now, they're two of my favourite dishes.

Whilst I still despise eggs on their own (think, fried eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs) due to their "eggy" flavour, I've actually come to appreciate them. When I told my Mum I was going to try making these crepes, she knew I loved the Apple Cinnamon Crepes, but she thought that savoury crepes would be an epic fail and too eggy for me - but I absolutely love them and I've made them dozens of times since the first time. 

Whilst they don't contain any flour and use a whole egg, a little bit of egg whites and a touch of greek yogurt stop these, what we call, "Omelette Crepes" from having an overpowering eggy taste. Plus, when you fill them with a creamy pesto spread, baby spinach leaves and roasted chicken breast - you've got an absolutely delicious combination. 

Our tastes definitely change as we get older. I was the kid who didn't like much of anything and never tried new things without a fight - but now, I eat an incredible variety of food and am the first one to try out new combinations.. the only thing stopping me from trying ALL THE THINGS is allergies, but I make it work in my own Kristy friendly way ;)

These crepes can be filled with whatever you fancy, this Chicken and Pesto idea is just one of our favourites! But let's get onto that recipe! >>

Gluten Free Low Carb Savoury Chicken and Pesto Crepe Recipe - Omelette Crepes

Savoury Chicken and Pesto Crepes serves 1, easily multiplied
  gluten free, low fat, clean eating friendly, low carb

For the crepes
1 whole egg
1/4 cup/2 egg whites 
1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
salt and pepper 

For the filling
2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
1 tbsp pesto 
Cooked chicken breast
Baby spinach leaves
Optional: extra fillings of your choice

  1. Mix together your crepe mixture and set aside. 
  2. Heat a crepe pan or medium sized non-stick frypan over a medium-high heat, lightly spraying with oil spray or lightly greasing with some butter on a piece of paper towel. 
  3. Pour on about 1/4 cup (or half of your crepe mix) of crepe batter onto the pan, moving the pan around to evenly spread the crepe mixture across the pan in a thin layer. 
  4. Meanwhile, quickly mix together your cream cheese and pesto and set aside.
  5. Once the edges of your crepe start to curl up away from the pan and the top has set, carefully flip your crepe over to the other side using your fingers or a spatula* 
  6. Leave your crepe to cook on the other side for about a minute before placing it on a plate and repeating the process with the other half of your crepe mixture. 
  7. Once your crepes have cooked, add your fillings - you can either roll them up wrap style or fill them the way we've pictured them by folding your crepe in half, spreading the pesto mix on one half, adding all of your fillings and then folding in half again. 
When we're making a large batch, we'll keep the finished crepes in a warm oven to keep them warm, however, if it's a small batch just eat them right away!

*I use my fingers to flip crepes as it doesn't tear them - but I also have asbestos fingers ;P

But tell me, are there any foods that you hated as a child but love now? 
I love coffee now which I did a little bit when I was younger, but I was super sensitive to caffeine and couldn't drink it so my taste buds have matured as well as my tolerances :P 

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