Sometimes I have the food cravings of a pregnant woman. For the most part, I don’t necessarily feel the need to eat a particular food or have a particular flavor, but there are those few times where I just need to eat something and eat it immediately. A whole bag of Starburst jellybeans? Done and done. A juice cheeseburger? You better believe it. I would say that these random cravings trend towards the savory side but when a craving comes, all bets are off.
I think the most consistent hunger I get is for pizza…pizza is delicious. However, being in the midst of a family biggest loser competition does not lend itself to annihilating a proper pizza. One slice leads to two slices which leads to about four or five slices. I would have no shot of helping to lead my team to victory if I was immobilized due to a stomach full of cheese, bread, and meat. Fortunately, Ali and I have come up with a nice substitute that has been able to satisfy my need for pizza. Does it make me forget all about a traditional slice? No – but it does have enough of the elements that I can eat the tortilla pizza and be perfectly satisfied with not only the health/nutrition aspects of it but also with the outstanding flavors. A much healthier alternative that definitely tastes great…sign me up.
pesto chicken tortilla pizza
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon pesto
½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
Handful of arugula
Sharp white cheddar cheese
Whole wheat tortilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 1) Completely cook the chicken breast (we usually use a grill pan) and cut it into strips.
Step 2) Cover tortilla with pesto.
Step 3) Place arugula onto of the pesto-covered tortilla
Step 4) Add sliced chicken and diced sun-dried tomatoes to the tortilla.
Step 5) Add cheese…I take a vegetable peeler to a block of cheddar so I have nice and thin squares of cheese distributed evenly. But you can obviously use pre-grated cheese or whatever else you prefer.
Step 6) Place completed tortilla pizza on baking sheet and put in the oven for about 10 minutes. You just want the tortilla to start crisping up on the edges and the cheese to melt.
That’s it. A very simple way to get some proteins and vegetables into your diet while fighting off whatever savory cravings you may have. We have made this on two separate occasions and were more than pleased both times. Quick, delicious and healthy. It’s hard to beat that.