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The perfect spin on your everyday chicken pizza!

Delicious grilled chicken pizza!

I had one of my best friends stay with me over the weekend, and we decided that we wanted to stay in and cook dinner instead of going out to eat and spending a lot of money. After searching for some tasty recipes she stumbled upon a low fat grilled chicken recipe that her sister had recommended. It was a simple recipe and the pizza turned out delicious! I ended with a lot of left over ingredients and ended up making it again two more nights!

What the recipe calls for: 

  • 1 lb prepared whole wheat pizza dough
  • 2 ounces chopped chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

The perfect pizza recipe for a beginner cook!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, spray a large nonstick skillet with nonfat cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add onion, chicken and crushed green pepper and cook, stirring, until the onion is beginning to brown, about 3 minutesSpread the onion mixture evenly over the crust and top with mozzarella and goat cheese. Bake until crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with Roma tomato.

Nutrition:

Calories: 275 • Fat: 6 g • Protein: 15 g • Carb: 30 g • Fiber: 2 g

Steals & Deals 

Chicken breast was on sale again at Safeway Grocery Store for $1.69 lb. Then I found the Walmart brand True Value pizza dough for only $2.89, Roma tomatoes for $3.99 and goat cheese for $4.12 at Walmart as well. I already had a purple onion along with the mozzarella cheese. So this great pizza only cost me about $14.00, however I was able to make two other nights and I still have left over ingredients to make more!

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Guilt free macaroni and cheese!

Low Fat Macaroni and Cheese

I was looking for a classic dish to make, and decided on macaroni and cheese. This meal is usually very high in fat, so I replaced the high fat ingredients for ones that had less calories and less carbs. By substituting these items, my dinner was a little less cheesy, but it still tasted great and I didn’t feel guilty after eating a bunch of it! I ended up adding salt and pepper for a little more taste, and it finished off the recipe perfectly!

What the recipe calls for:

  •  2 packages of 0 calories Miracle Noodle Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 1/8 cup fat free skim milk
  • 1/4 cup cheese powder
  • Salt and pepper for taste

Perfect with some salt and pepper!

Directions: 

Drain and Rinse your noodles very well. Pat noodles as dry as possible with paper towels. It’ super important to get the noodles as try as you can!  Microwave your noodles for about 2 minutes on high. Transfer noodles to a medium sized sauce pan and turn on medium heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Add in cheese powder and milk, and stir until cheese has fully dissolved. Serve warm.

Nutrition: 

Calories: 270 • Fat: 2 g • Protein: 11 g • Carb: 52 g • Fiber: 2 g

Steals & Deals:

I found the Miracle Noodles at Trader Joe’s Market on the “must sale” rack for only $2.25 for a small package. They’re usually $8-$12 each, so I was very lucky! I bought a 1lb tub of light margarine $3.15, along with cheese powder for $1.70. I already had slim milk, so altogether this meal cost $7.65! It lasted for three nights, and was very yummy!