Tuesday, 20 March 2012

What to do with a small chook boob to feed many?

Made the yummiest pizza last night for dinner. I love making pizza for dinner, you can load them up with so many different toppings and best of all, they are so cheap to make! And you can make them quite healthy too, go easy on the cheese, lots of veggies in the topping etc, and roll the base thin. Oh, and omit the salt too, if you are trying to lose weight - salt makes you retain water.

Anyways, I will not claim that this base recipe is the best base recipe out there. It isn't. But it IS quick and easy and uses pantry staples.

Pizza Base
(I do triple recipe to make a roasting dish sized pizza, which is enough to feed my family of 5 with a salad or vegies alongside)

1c flour (I do half white flour, half wholemeal flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Oil

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, adding enough milk to form a dough. (If using wholemeal flour especially, the dough is quite tough, not soft and silky). Pretty much you want enough milk to make a scone type dough (as really, that's what this is).
Roll dough out to form your base, add toppings then bake at 180*c for approx 30mins (slightly longer for a roasting dish sized pizza)

Now, for the toppings! Often, in winter especially, we will jsut use left over roast meat, and roast vegies. Such an easy way to use up left overs, especially if there isn't a lot left over to start with - you only need a small amount.

Another topping I often do, is leftover bolognaise from a spag bol, smear that over the base, top with cheese, and voila.

But last night, I didn't use leftovers, just a small chicken breast and whatever else...

300g skinless, boneless chicken breast
2 rashers middle bacon, diced
1 onion, sliced/diced/however you like it
Plum sauce
handful of baby spinach / chopped up spinach / silverbeet (last night I used silverbeet as that's what we happened to have, last time I used baby spinach... I don't taste either, so makes no difference taste-wise, just gives a great pop of colour and extra goodness for your body)
Roughly 3 slices of tinned pineapple, chopped (I prefer using pineapple slices as the chopped pineapple tends to be too chunky and needs chopping up anyway - quicker to cut the slices!)
Tomato slices (I use cherry tomatoes, probably about 5 or 6 tomatoes, sliced up)
Grated cheese

Cut up the chicken breast, and sauté for a few mins until half cooked. Add the bacon and onion and cook until onion is done, and the chicken is cooked through (or mostly cooked through). Remove from heat.

Spread plum sauce over base. Scatter the spinach/silverbeet, then add the chicken/bacon mix over top. Then bung on the pineapple, and tomato slices. Finally top with grated cheese. Bake as per the base recipe.

mmm yum, look at all the colours (before adding the cheese)


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