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Pesto Chicken Pizza

Posted on April 10th, by Mike Sherbakov in Nutrition, Recipes. No Comments

Precision Nutrition, the organization through which I received my Nutrition Coach Certification introduced me to several healthy recipes, this being one of my favorites:

Pizza. People in all cultures seem to eat some form of the dish. Of course, regardless of its widespread appeal, pizza has never been known as a “healthy” offering, because of the fact that it’s typically high in processed carbs and saturated fats. With this dish, it is lightened up by using homemade pesto, chicken, and a host of veggies – all on a whole wheat tortilla. If you like pizza, you’ll certainly come back for seconds of this thin-crusted alternative.

Boneless skinless Chicken breast (170 g) 6 oz
Salt ¼ tsp
Pepper 1⁄8 tsp
Olive oil cooking spray
Whole wheat tortilla
Pesto 3 tbsp
Broccoli florets (small) ¼ cup
Sundried tomato (thin sliced) ¼ cup
Asparagus (cut into ½ inch pieces) ½ cup
Aged white Cheddar ½ cup

Serving Size
Serves 1 large or 2 small.

Preparation Time
10 min. Preparation Time
10 min. Cooking Time

Season chicken with salt and pepper and sautee until cooked throroughly. Set aside. Preheat oven at 400°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with spray and place the tortilla shell on the tray. Spread the pesto base evenly around the shell leaving the outside inch free for the crust. Combine all the other ingredients except for the cheese in a mixing bowl and toss until mixed together. Spread evenly covering the pesto. Top with the cheese and bake until cheese is melted and shell is lightly toasted (about 10 minutes). Serves 1 large or 2 small.

Variations and Options
For a flavor variety, try using hummus, sundried tomato Tzatziki or rosemary eggplant as a substitute for the pesto. Use seasonal vegetables whenever possible as they not only taste better but have a healthier nutritional profile. For a cheesy variety, try using mozzarella, feta, havarti or swiss instead of cheddar.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)     large     small
Calories (k/cal)     658.4     329.2
Fat (g)     20.8     10.4
Saturated (g)     4.9     2.4
Monounsaturated (g)     11.1    5.5
Polyunsaturated (g)     1.2     0.6
omega-3 (g)     0.7     0.3
omega-6 (g)     1.1     0.6
Carbohydrates (g)     50.9     25.5
Fiber (g)     15.9     8.0
Sugars (g)     7.4     3.7
Protein (g)     67.0     33.5

-Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow-

Mike Sherbakov, CSCS, CPT, RYT

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