Monday, March 18, 2013

Whole-wheat pizza with chicken, veggies and white sauce

What kid doesn't like pizza? Or for that matter what adult doesn't like pizza? There are also a very few things that are easier to make than pizza (as long as you have the pizza dough). It's so versatile, you can top it with literally anything! The first pizza I've ever tried was my mom's pizza. It was a love at first bite! I believe the toppings were cut up salami, onions, cheese and maybe peppers. My mom often made pizza when my sister or I had birthday parties and those pizzas were always a huge hit! Like me, Allie gets excited for dinner the second she hears a word "pizza". Pizza can be very healthy, just choose your topping carefully. Whole wheat pizza crust doesn't taste any less delicious than white. To me I don't even taste the crust, I think it's all about the toppings! For a healthy meal, top your whole wheat crust with lean chicken meat, veggies and cheese (use low fat if you like). 

Whole wheat pizza with chicken, veggies and white sauce

1 lbs store bough whole wheat pizza dough
2 Tbsp garlic infused olive oil
1 C Ricotta cheese (whole milk or low fat, whatever you prefer)
1/2 bell pepper (any color)
1 tomato
1 cooked chicken breast 
3/4 C Swiss cheese (or use sharp cheddar for more flavor. Or actually I haven't yet tried a cheese I didn't like. Whatever melts)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil

Start preheating the oven to 450 degrees.

Make a ricotta mixture by mixing 1 cup of ricotta with some salt, black pepper and dried basil or other dried herbs if you prefer.

Work the pizza dough by rolling it out or stretching it out (I always stretch it in my hands for a while and finish stretching it right on the baking sheet). Drizzle a bit of garlic infused olive oil on top of the dough and brush it all over the dough.

Next drop spoonfuls of ricotta mixture all over the crust.

Top with the vegetables and chicken.

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the crust in an even layer.

Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese melts and crust browns a bit.

Enjoy and find another pizza recipe of mine here.

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