Saturday, August 31, 2013

FAST Healthy Flat Bread Pizza

Flat bread pizzas are easy and fun to make, so be sure to include your kids in their creation! 

The first time I tried making homemade pizza was when stores started carrying those bagged lumps of low fat dough - but rolling that stuff out was crazy hard. The dough stuck to the rolling pin or stuck to the counter or insisted on shrinking, alien-like, back into a ball form, and no amount of flour, elbow grease and fake Italian curses helped. After two attempts at making them, my 'homemade pizza' phase ended. So when I saw it suggested that one could make pizza on plain old flat bread, I decided I had to try it.


1 Bag Whole Wheat or Multi-grain Smart Thins type flat bread. 
1 Jar Pizza Sauce
1 Bag shredded Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese.    
1 pack Turkey Pepperoni

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

To start, open up your Flat Breads and separate into halves. Make as many or few as you like, but if you're making the whole bag, be ready to use more than one baking pan. These guys like their space. 

 Many little 'pizza to be's'... 

Spread some Pizza Sauce onto each one evenly. A small jar of Pizza Sauce like this one perfectly covers one whole bag (two pans worth) of Smart Thins.  

Neatly cover each piece with some shredded Mozzarella. 

Dust with a pinch of Oregano if you like. Add the Turkey Pepperoni. (Or, feel free to chop up a red and green pepper and use that instead. Hell, you can stick anything you want on them, at this point. Mushrooms, onions, etc.) ( can't use bacon.) (I said NO.) 

Turkey Pepperoni can usually be found near your deli counter and also by the 'make it yourself' pizza stuff. The store brand is fine...Boar's Head was on sale. (Everything was on sale *boggles*) 

(You can sprinkle some Parmesan Cheese on top when they come out of the oven, but keep in mind that does add fat and calories to your healthy pizza. My husband adds it. I do not. Everyone is happy!) 

Stick both pans in the oven and bake at 425 for 15 minutes.

Pull them out and eat them! 
Unless you are a bottomless pit like my husband, three of these guys will stuff you, and they're half the fat and calories of a slice of frozen pizza. 

I'd love to see pictures of your kids making these things! Please feel free to email them to and I'll feature them there!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chili's Type Southwestern Eggrolls

You love them at Chili's...and you can make them at home!

So here's what you'll need:

  • 1 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded. 
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Green Onion
  • 1/3 cup MexiCorn (You know the stuff!)
  • 1/4 cup Black Beans, rinsed and drained. 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spinach. 
  • 2 tablespoons diced Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack (or any shredded Taco cheese)
  • 5 (6 inch) flour Tortillas
  • Oil for Frying

Okay, I'm telling you ahead of time that you have to put these things in the freezer for four hours before you fry them. Don't plan on making this and then immediately eating them. Plan ahead! Four hours ahead. At least. I make double the recipe above when I make this, since you can freeze them and it seems silly to waste half a can of corn and beans.

For starters, we're gonna cook and shred some chicken. For you newbs, to cook chicken breast, simply rinse it off, wrap it in some foil, place it in a baking dish and stick it in the oven at 350 for 50 minutes. Then slice the crap out of it.

(Playing Dexter with Chicken)

Next, we're going to chop up some tasty green onions. Green onions are bought in the produce section of your story and they come in a nice, cheap little bundle that looks like this.

(This is a great recipe for people who like to play with knives!)

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat and toss these green onions on in there. Cook /stir them for a few minutes until they are soft. Then add the chicken, corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder and salt. (aka 'everything else') Cook and stir 5 minutes until well blended and tender.
(Starting to look very Southwesterny!)

Remove from heat and stir in the Monterey Jack cheese until it melts. I used some generic 'Taco Cheese' because that's what Kroger carries and I was too lazy to go anywhere else. Honestly, as long as the words "Monterey Jack" are somewhere on the package, you're good to go! 
The Cheeese...eet eeez melting!

Wrap your tortillas in a clean, lightly moist cloth and stick them in the microwave on high for 1 minute, or until hot and pliable. (There can't be more than like 10 people in the world who don't exclusively use 'high" on their microwave. I'll bet 95% of you don't even know how to change that setting.) a microwave.
(This picture wasn't really necessary, but look how clean the inside of my microwave is!) 

Put about two spoonfuls of mixture onto each tortilla. Like so:

To make your eggroll, fold in the sides of the tortilla in, fold the top over the filling and squeeze it gently a second. The tortilla is soft, it will conform to the shape of your filling. Then tuck the sides in again just a bit and roll it all the way. Squeeze it gently again. It's a bit like play-doh. You'll feel it mold. (Secure with toothpicks if you feel you need to) Put the eggrolls in a baking dish, cover it with plastic, and stick it in the freezer for at least four hours. (This is so they don't fall apart when you fry them.) it's time to fry these suckers. The key to frying these in a pan is this: You don't want the heat so high that the outside gets too hard and brown before the inside you want barely med high heat and watch your eggrolls carefully.  (Put them in carefully, don't splash hot oil on yourself!!!) (Start with the fold side down) Deep fry them for about ten minutes or until golden brown.

Drain on a paper towel before serving, and serve with a tasty ranch dressing!! :) 


(*Bonus picture : My Noodles, helping me cook.)