Staple Meal – Pizza

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So I was born in Chicago and pizza sauce runs in my veins.  The Smartpoint count for Pizza on Weight Watchers is enough to bring a grown woman to tears, so when I am really crazing that ooey-gooey goodness I make my own.

That’s not to say that I don’t ever enjoy the heaven that is Gino’s East or Giordano’s.  I simply eat smaller portions and you know, not every other day.

I keep my monster pizza cravings at bay by making a better Smartpoint version at home.  This has quickly become one of my go-to staple meals.  If I’m running late at work, tired when I get home, or just a complete unorganized mess I always have these ingredients in my pantry so that I can make a quick, nutritious, delicious meal.

I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my Smartpoint balance.  Of course I try to plan, prepare – do all those things we are supposed to do but let’s face it.  We are human and sometimes things just don’t work out the way we planned.  Having a Plan B and a Plan C and even a Plan D will help you from getting thrown off the wagon and drug behind it for a few miles.

There really isn’t a recipe for this – you do what you want to do.  A little pizza joint down the street from me used to make a fabulous veggie pizza and they put broccoli and cauliflower on it.  It is super good and helps bulk up the pizza.  I keep frozen broccoli and cauliflower in my freezer, and nuke it on a paper towel for about a minute before putting my pizza in the oven.  It comes out perfect.

So I start with a Tumaro wrap.

tumaro

They are only one point and hold up well!  1/2 cup 2% mozzarella covers it well.  For the sauce I sometimes make my own for zero points with crushed tomatoes, or Ragu has a traditional pizza sauce that is decent but will cost you a point for 1/4 cup.

So the wrap, then the sauce, whatever veggies I have on hand, then the cheese.  I bake that bad boy for about 20 minutes at 350 and dinner is served for 6-9 points, depending if I decide to add Canadian bacon or some other form of meat.

Sometimes I’ll sprinkle some garlic, sometimes I’ll do the Canadian bacon with some pineapple.  It’s nice to switch it up and get a little taste of something that is so comforting.

What is your comfort food?

 

Opa! Chicken Sandwich

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So Costco has this awesome Kirkland chunk chicken in an 8 oz can.  Of course you get like 6 of them when you buy them, so I wanted to get some different recipes.

This is one of my favorites!  You can either do it as a “scramble” like shown in my picture, or you can make patties out of it.  When I’m in a hurry I just do three scoops (I use my ice cream scooper which is 1/4 cup) with a table spoon of oil, crisp it up, and it’s all good!

I use Joseph brand flat bread which is out of this world!  I get it from Walmart, and it is by the deli counter.  2 points each and worth it!

This is my go to dish when I have nothing in the house.  I try to make it up a head of time so it’s ready to cook.  It is so filling.  I mean I am STUFFED when I eat this and it’s so mouth-wateringly flavorful that I am completely satisfied when I eat it!

Opa! Chicken Sandwich – 5-6 points

1 8 oz can Kirkland Chunk Chicken

1 Green Pepper (diced)

1 Small White Onion (diced)

1 Egg

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Opa! Seasoning (or Greek seasoning found at your grocery store)

Grapeseed Oil (I use garlic infused)

Tzatziki Seasoning

1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Plain, Non-Fat)

1/2 cucumber (seeded and grated)

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Tzatziki Seasoning (or brand found at your grocery store)

Garnish:

Tomatoes

Lettuce

1 Joseph Whole Wheat Flat Bread

Directions:

Combined all the ingredients for the Tzatziki dip and put in a  container.  Let the dip sit at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Saute onions and peppers for 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Break up canned chicken with a fork, and mix in Opa! seasoning, egg, bread crumbs, and the cooled peppers.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour.

If you make patties out of this mixture they are one point each.  Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil.  Form 9 patties from mixture, cooking 3-4 minutes on each side to make sure they are cooked through.  Each patty is one point.  They aren’t near as good reheated, so I do mine the scrambled way most of the time.

If going for the scramble, heat one teaspoon of oil and add the amount of chicken you would like – 3/4 cup is perfect for the Joseph wrap.  Crisp it up until cooked through and add to your flatbread with your choice of garnishes.

The Tzatziki dip is free for 2 tablespoons or 1 point for 3.  I love it so I usually take the hit and have 3 tablespoons!

Sometimes I use Wildtree seasonings in my recipes.  I always try to put a substitute for them, but if you would like to try Wildtree check out my Wildtree site!