I am obsessed with pizza. Not to mention I am a lot Italian and grew up on it. I could eat pizza for every meal. Mom raised us on making our own bread, pasta and pizza! Yay carbs.
Inventing pizza recipes has been a fun tradition in our household. One of my favorites is the “dessert” pizza. Whole wheat crust topped with Nutella, marscapone cheese, fresh strawberries and of course more Nutella…. every recipe can be changed to include Nutella. I will re-create that recipe Paloe style aka caveman diet…. and compare and contrast recipes. (Idea’s boiling: almond and hazelnut flour crust, chopped hazelnuts and dark chocolate, coconut yogurt (Awesome recipe here), fresh strawberries… I can do this).
Back to today’s point: As of recently I have been quite strict with my meal plan and eating little to no wheat and or bread products. With that said Pizza is on the back burner; to be saved for special occasions.
I’ve had to invent recipes that compare to the flavor of pizza. The basil and tomato combination is so good and low calorie I ponder “what can I do with this?”.
Pizza chicken; Chicken baked with all the flavors of pizza.
Set oven to 350 degrees
1 whole large onion diced
(For additional low calorie vegetables you could add a cup of mushrooms, red, yellow, orange or green peppers, broccoli, spinach)
3- 5 cloves of garlic finely diced
3 – 5 bunches of fresh basil or more sliced (2 cups)
1 – 28 oz can ground peeled no salt added can of tomatoes (imported from Italy or organic)
3 whole chicken breasts (2 pound package)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt/Pepper/Spices to taste
1. In a casserole dish combine garlic, onions, basil (any additional vegetables)
2. Cut chicken breast into 3 – 4 oz servings, place a top of vegetables
3. Add spices to taste, Drizzle olive oil over chicken and vegetables
4. Cover with tomatoes
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 – 40 minutes until chicken is cooked and not pink.
This is such a fast meal and feeds 4 people, or can be reserved and prepped ahead for 4 meals.
It could be served over spaghetti quash or with a side of broccoli rabe.
I was very tempted to eat this with my moms bread but that tempt was ceased!
Hard work pays off.
Buon Appetito A Tutti!
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