Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{Dinner Last Night: Thai Chicken Pizza}

Last night was pizza night at the Hansens. But not just your average slice of pie, I tried my hand at a Thai-inspired recipe I found in an old issue of Eating Well! Take that, Pinterest. It was quite a stretch from our typical pizza combos, but delicious nonetheless and certainly one we'll make again. A nice change up and definitely a hit with our little one, who licked the crust clean of its savory peanut sauce!

Thai Chicken Pizza
Recipe from Eating Well Magazine circa 2007

20 ounces prepared whole-wheat pizza dough, (or you could prepare from scratch)
1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon canola oil
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  1. Place oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out or stretch dough on a lightly floured surface into a rough 16-inch oval. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake on the bottom rack until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk peanut butter, water, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and garlic in a small bowl until well combined.
  4. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add bell pepper, scallions and 1 tablespoon of the peanut sauce to the chicken; toss to combine.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven; spread evenly with the remaining peanut sauce. Top with the chicken mixture, then sprinkle with cheese. Return the pizza to the oven and bake on the bottom rack until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 11 to 13 minutes.
  6. I also added a touch of crushed red pepper and fresh cilantro just before serving. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

{Dessert Hummus, You're Welcome}

I saw this recipe on Sprouts Facebook page last week and was determined to give it a try. A lover of hummus and a self-proclaimed sweet tooth, it sounded like a combo made in heaven. Friends, my instincts served me right and I am obliged to pass on the delicious treat with you.

My husband says it reminds him of soft cookie dough. Can't go wrong there, but {shhh} don't tell anyone that it's a much healthier alternative! With plenty of digestive-friendly fiber and healthy fat, this sweet snack has a lot to offer and will leave you satisfied for hours. Definitely a snack the whole family will love!

Oh and Happy March, by the way!

Dessert Hummus
roughly 8-10 servings

1 cup garbonzo beans
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch sea salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Blend the first five ingredients in your Vita-Mix or food processor until smooth. Stir in dark chocolate chips and serve with graham crackers, apple slices or better yet, cinnamon-sugar pita chips!

Happy snacking!

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