Healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza 

I promised my sweets next….but then this happened….

I have been meticulously trying to plan what I eat each day.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails but I try.  Today for lunch was to be tuna salad on a sandwich thin.  I didn’t get to eat breakfast so all I could think about was the amazingly delicious tuna salad.  I went to the fridge…gasp…the thins were gone.  The hubs took them to work for lunch!  Like he needs to eat too?! Any who…I saw some random thin pizza crusts and made a plan.  Healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza – my favorite from Papa John’s.  

People- I actually made this without a recipe. I just made it!  This is huge progress for me!  I have never just randomly put things together.  My cooking practice is paying off big time!  I used my left over Patti Labelle deliciousness, some of this leftover cheese, half a sweet onion, some turkey bacon, a chicken breast and a whole wheat thin crust.

Obligatory ingredient pics:





This is pretty straight forward.  Cook up the bacon sorta crispy and grill up the chicken breast.  I used my Foreman Grill.  Slice up your onion.



I put mine directly on the rack.



Here is the finished product:





It was delicious.  Definitely a great alternative to the Delivery option.

This added up to 168 calories on my fitness pal for 1/6 of the pizza.  I added the specifics directly into here and created my recipe.



Papa John’s BBQ Chicken on thin crust (this is on a 14″ crust instead of 12″)  



It took me about the same amount of time to make this as it would of for them to deliver it, but I spent less money and ate less junk.

Let me know what you think.  This is obviously customizable.  I’d love to see what you do with it!

The Recipe

Ingredients

1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled

1/2 sweet onion, sliced

5 strips low sodium turkey bacon

3/4 cup low skim shredded mozzarella ( more or less depending what you want)

3-4 tbsp bbq sauce

1 whole wheat thin crust

Little bit of olive oil

Process

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Grill your chicken and cook up your bacon using the method of your choice.  Slice your onion.  Make sure to cube or shred your chicken after it is finished grilling,

2.  Prepare the thin crust by adding a small amount of olive oil to the top.

3.  Brush or spread the BBQ sauce on the pizza crust.

4.  Layer with chicken, onion and bacon.

5.  Top with cheese.

6.  Bake for 7-10 minutes and Enjoy.

Yours in Health,

The Crew and I



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Turkey Sloppy Whoa these are good!

The hubs, the kids love sloppy joes.  I usually stay away from them because of the sauce.  I have never found a homemade created alternative until now!  The recipe was simple and my favorite part was that I could use the slow cooker.  Monday’s are my busiest work day so any chance to do something easy and delicious is immediately accepted.  



Please keep in mind this sauce is not a total made from scratch sauce BUT the ingredients are ones that you can actually monitor.  It calls for bbq sauce so I read labels and picked out the one I thought had the least additives ( for example)



The process:

I browned up half and onion, 1 lb of lean ground turkey and 1 green pepper.  I cooked the, up in a tablespoon of coconut oil.





In my crockpot I combined ingredients to make my sauce.  Garlic cloves, bbq sauce, tomato sauce, yellow mustard and ketcup.  I noticed mine was a little tomatoey so I put in about an extra tablespoon of bbq.  It looks like a paint pallet!



The results were amazing.  



My husband asked if the sauce came from a can.  My 6 year old are the whole thing and loved it.  I’d give this recipe an A+!

That deliciousness on the side is kale, Apple and onion sautéed in coconut oil with a little Apple cider vinegar.  So goooooood!

Here is an action shot of that:



And the finished product:



Ok ok….cut the pics, you came here for the recipe didn’t you????

This site has nice little list of clean make ahead meals:  Make Me Ahead Clean Eats

Here is a link to the recipe:

Clean Turkey Sloppy Joes

Again,  I used Patti Labelle’s amazing bbq sauce and used 2 tbls. instead of 1.  I didn’t use the stevia packets because the bbq sauce has agave.  

Up Next:  How I deal with this sweet tooth of mine

Yours in Health,

Emily and Crew



Meatless Option, oh did I mention oh so cheap BlackBean Burgers

I haven’t been able to blog for a few weeks.  A new semester started which means craziness!  But I just want to say…

Now on to the food!Hiding in that amazingly crisp romaine is a deliciously cheap black bean burger.  I was buying Morningstar farms frozen chipotle ones because I’d convinced myself it must be impossible to make burgers from black beans.  I was wrong and I am so happy.  They were very easy to make and I had all of the ingredients lying around my house.

I got the recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch

The ingredients are:  a can of black beans which by the way costs less than $1.  An onion, green pepper, an egg scrambled, whole wheat bread crumbs and some spices.

Oh yeah, don’t forget my favorite!  The garlic!!!  Anywho I used my fancy pampered chef hand chopper to do this:

Then I utilized this super expensive metal thingy to do this:

Scrambled up some eggs

Starting combining these three things:

Added in the spices and bread crumbs like so and mixed:This mixture formed some great patties and they did not fall apart!  

I actually wrapped mine in lettuce in place of using a bun.  This goes great with Greek yogurt on top as sour cream!  The recipe includes a chipotle mayo recipe which I did not make because I didn’t have some of those things lying around and I substituted Greek yogurt.  I always use good old G Y as S C.

End product pics:

Yummy!  We use this as a meatless option instead of buying frozen ones. I don’t think I spent more than $3.00 to make these either.  Those are Alexa Sweet Potato fries on the side 😄

Here is the recipe link Black Bean Burgers

Hope you enjoy!  Yours in Health,

Emily and Crew

Need a Yummy yet Healthier Lunch Option?

Please excuse the half eaten sandwich picture… I was so hungry I couldn’t wait!!!So this morning after preschool, my little guy asked if we could go to Burger King.  Now I am officially 7 days into my resolution (5 lbs gone without starving!) and going strong BUT the temptation was strong.  I came home depressed and hungry.  I didn’t want to put the effort into making lunch, but I knew I had to do it.   I wanted something fast and amazing but healthy… In comes the above pic.

I love these sandwich thins. They are a lower calorie option for bread.

This turkey bacon is also great!  It’s thicker and 1 slice is only 25 calories!

 

Lunch- Chicken Club with Sweet Potato Fries 

1 sandwich thin

1 slice of lower sodium turkey bacon

1 grilled chicken breast 

1/2 serving of miracle whip

1/2 serving of ketchup 

A piece of romaine

A couple pieces of yellow onion

1/8 cup of Italian blend shredded cheese

One the side:  baked Alexa sweet potato fries with Sea Salt

 

To drink:  Apple cinnamon infused water ( found this easy recipe on the Internet and it is yum) 

I try to eat as clean as possible but I love Heinz and Sweet Potato Fries.  Also mixing miracle whip and ketcup making a delicious sauce for chicken.  Just don’t over do it!

 

Here is a screen shoot my lunch today on my fitness pal!  I am happy to say I am full without all of the negative nutrition! ( I love you BK!)  And yes that does say carrot cake cookie….yummy.. I’ll talk about those little gems later.

 

 

The total lunch calories for today are 430.  I looked up BK’s nutrition.. a regular Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich has 410 calories (with mayo) and only 320 without.  Add bacon to that…then add a side of fries (value is 240 calories, while the satisfries come in at 190).  As you can see, add it up and even with no mayo and the satisfries, you have a baconless sad lunch with a ton of calories.  Again, I love BK but it’s like that friend that you love who always gets you in to trouble.  Sometimes you have to remember the good times and let it go.

Here is a link to BK nutrition info incase you are interested in that sort of thing.

https://www.bk.com/pdfs/nutrition.pdf

Yours in Health!

Emily and Crew