chicken pesto pizza

i love pizza. almost exclusively i love tomato based pizza. until now.

when i saw the ingredients for this pizza, it had a lot of flavors i liked so i thought i’d give it a try. i made a few adjustments in ingredients: lowering the chicken but bumping up the vegetables with onions and mushrooms.

it was spectacular! the pesto was a great flavor base and artichoke – what a surprise! – with the rest of the vegetables? the ingredients just married so well together. i had almost half of the pizza that night! you’ve got to give this recipe a try but don’t blame me if you finish the whole pie!


  • 1 12″ prebaked pizza shell
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/3 cup cooked chicken cut, shredded small strips
  • 1 fresh or roasted color bell pepper, cut into small thin strips
  • 1/2 cup water-packed canned artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained, patted dry and quartered
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, thin slices
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fat free mozzarella cheese

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bean and cheese burrito

for a simple light meal, go vegetarian with a bean and cheese burrito.


  • 1 8-inch whole wheat flour tortilla
  • 1/2 cup organic black beans
  • 1 ounce low fat cheddar – or –
    1 ounce skim or part skim mozzarella cheese – or –
    1 ounce soy cheese
  • 1/4 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 avocado chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salsa

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healthiest cheeses

cheese can be both delicious and a great source of lean protein, calcium, phosphorus, and other health benefits. these are the five healthiest cheeses: Feta Feta is lower in fat and calories than most cheeses. Be sure to buy pasteurized feta as unpasteurized feta and other soft cheeses have a higher risk of containing the Listeria bacteria. String Cheese String cheese made of part-skim mozzarella, it’s low in calories and high in protein. String cheese isn’t actually a processed cheese — mozzarella naturally behaves in that stringy way, so it counts as a whole food. (Just make sure to buy … Continue reading healthiest cheeses

healthy ingredients swap

with simple food swaps, everything you already eat can have a place in a healthy lifestyle by replacing high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients with good-for-you items that taste just as delicious. * Caesar Salad Swap out: Bottled Caesar dressing Swap in: Simple homemade Caesar dressing Ingredients 1/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan 8 cups romaine lettuce coarsely cut Preparation In small bowl, whisk together egg substitute; garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and … Continue reading healthy ingredients swap

bread pudding with spinach & mushrooms

i am not usually a fan of bread pudding but it seems like a thanksgiving thing to do! so i found this recipe and i could tell i would like how it tasted because it has most of the same veggies as my spinach lasagna. there is only a little bread so it didn’t have as much of a bready taste as most bread puddings … perhaps that’s why i like it so much! in some way, it tastes more like a quiche. either way, i really enjoyed this dish! Ingredients 6 large eggs whites 1-1/2 cups fat free milk … Continue reading bread pudding with spinach & mushrooms

8 foods that lower blood pressure

plant-based diets and diets high in fruits and vegetables are strongly associated with lower blood pressure. here are foods to add to your diet to prevent or lower high blood pressure and hypertension. Celery Cold-water fish Broccoli Dandelion Whole-grain oats Black beans Berries Low-fat dairy ________________________________________________________________________________ read article from Yahoo! Health by Nikki Jong from Caring: 8 Foods That Lower Blood Pressure Continue reading 8 foods that lower blood pressure

michelle obama’s cookbook

American Grown on sale April 10, 2012, combines veggie growing tips with recipes inspired by first lady michelle obama’s White House garden.she’ll use the garden’s offerings as the starting point for seed-sowing, recipe ideas and personal anecdotes and photos the Obamas’ home-base. the aim of the book is to show how “increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America,” according to the publishers at Random House, who will donate all the profits to an unnamed charity. during a tour of the not-so-secret garden, officials passed out a pamphlet with … Continue reading michelle obama’s cookbook

chicken and arugula sandwich

with ciabatta bread, a bag of arugula and extra grilled chicken from my caesar salad with brussels sprout, i thought i’d enjoy another sandwich! the result is chicken breast, arugula, cheese and avocado inside ciabatta bread, then grilled to perfection. yummy! Ingredients 1 ciabatta bread 1 slice of chicken breast 1/2 slice of Trader Joe jalapeño yogurt cheese 2-3 slices of avocado handfull arugula Preparation Cut the bread in half. Layer a slice chicken, cheese, handful of arugula and avocado in the bread. For extra texture, grill the sandwich in an indoor grill for crispier bread. Continue reading chicken and arugula sandwich

grilled chicken caesar salad with brussels sprouts

i’ve never made brussels sprouts before but i have had them before and besides tasty, they sure are cute! so when i saw rachael ray make a chicken caesar salad with brussels sprouts, i decided to give it a try and i’m glad i did! the brussels sprout gives a different texture to the regular leafy greens which i enjoy. in addition, brussels sprouts punch a healthy punch – similar to broccoli, it also has a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. so, caesar salad with a healthier green. yum! Ingredients For the chicken 3 small pieces boneless, skinless chicken … Continue reading grilled chicken caesar salad with brussels sprouts

yogurt cheese

i found, tried and bought something new, a lactose free cheese, from Trader Joe’s: sliced jalapeño yogurt cheese. the flavor is similar to regular cheese but it tastes a little oilier. according to the packaging, what makes this cheese lactose free is that regular milk is derived from chows treated with artificial hormones but this yogurt cheese is not treated with artifical hormones. the less artificial the better? i hope so! ________________________________________________________________________________ shop at Trader Joe’s in your city Continue reading yogurt cheese

prosciutto and arugula sandwich

prosciutto and arugula is a beautiful combination – as i have tasted in prosciutto with pears and arugula recipe i’ve had before. so, how about having it in a sandwich? prosciutto, arugula and cheese in a ciabatta bun. yum! Ingredients 1 ciabatta or focaccia bread 1 slice of prosciutto 1/2 slice of Trader Joe jalapeño yogurt cheese handful arugula Preparation Cut the bread in half. Layer a slice prosciutto, cheese and handful of arugula in the bread. For extra texture, grill the sandwich in an indoor grill for crispier bread. Continue reading prosciutto and arugula sandwich