Eating healthy: chicken pesto pizza

06/14/2012 at 9:05 am | Posted in mangia!, weight loss | 2 Comments
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Remember when I went basil-bonkers at the farmers market?

We made a couple of chicken dishes with it and tossed it with tomatoes on the side a few times. But then it started to go bad because, really, how much basil can one person eat in a week? When it started to emanate from my pores, I had to take a break.

So I rescued the undamaged leaves and blended them into a pesto with a little olive oil, grated parmesan and walnuts (because the Food Lion doesn’t carry pine nuts). YUM.

One of our favorite ways to eat pesto is on pizza. I usually just throw on top whatever’s in the fridge. In this particular case, we had fresh part-skim mozzerella, tomatoes and leftover grilled chicken. On a whole-wheat thin crust slathered with pesto. Perfection. Other favorite toppings are roasted red peppers, gorgonzola crumbles and bacon. Or prosciutto, if you’re fancy.

I’m not sure of the calorie count, but if you’re going to splurge on pizza, this is a pretty healthy way to go. I ate two slices with fresh veggies and light ranch on the side.

The best part of this meal? Lily’s face when she walked into the kitchen and said, “What IS that smell?” She covered her nose through most of the meal. It seems pesto isn’t her thing.

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