Seriously, this sounds so gourmet, but it's a 10-minute meal! Now I realize a lot of trainers & fitness gurus are anti-pasta-- down with CARBS! But I say, as long as you're not eating starchy carbs all day long every day of the week, a pasta night is not going to kill you! Plus, there are fantastic options now for pasta-- whole grain, brown rice, spinach pasta. You can even make your own noodles out of squash/zucchini! I'll post another time about zoodles ;) For now, find a pasta your family will eat & that you feel good about!
Step 2: find a local farmer who makes his own walnut pesto. Buy it. Pat yourself on the back for supporting local small business & saving yourself a lot of hassle of making it yourself. Again, if you enjoy spending all day in the kitchen, by all means, make your own! I'm sure there's something on Pinterest. The grocery store may have some tasty, clean options as well.
Step 3: cook cubed chicken in pan with some olive oil. When fully cooked, add your awesome sauce. Serve over pasta of choice with a fresh side salad.
As a busy mom of 3, working multiple part-time jobs & volunteering in PTA, I am all about QUICK, EASY, HEALTHY, REALISTIC meals. If it takes longer than 20 minutes or requires hard-to-find ingredients, it's likely not gonna happen! Don't ask me for macros, because that goes against my Real Life mentality-- just know I always balance carbs, protein, & healthy fats.