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Friday, November 12, 2010

five ingredient fridays: bruschetta chicken pizza

my darling sister-in-law is quite the gourmet camping chef, so when the family got together to go camping at the end of the summer she, of course, wowed us with something amazing - bruschetta pizza. the veggies were all fresh from her garden and it was so good.

i thought it would be fun to do a version of my own at home instead of over the campfire. she did hers with red wine vinegar, but since i have a love affair with balsamic i stuck with my old friend.

the results were amazing. and so easy to throw together for homemade pizza. every tomato you bite into feels like it bursts an explosion of balsamic in your mouth. definitely give this one a try!

prepare ahead though and really marinate the tomatoes for at least 8 hours. it really makes a difference.
bruschetta chicken pizza
1 pizza

2 small chicken breasts, seasoned generously with salt and pepper, cooked and sliced
bruschetta (my recipe below)
10 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
pizza crust of choice (i did a half recipe of my favorite with 3/4 white, 1/4 wheat flour)

1. roll out pizza dough to fit desired pan. bake as instructed (if you're using mine cook at 400 degrees) until bottom and top of crust are starting to brown, but not quite done. this is important as you don't want the marinated tomatoes to make the top soggy.
2. put bruschetta in a strainer for a few minutes and let most of the liquid run off.
3. on partially baked crust, add bruschetta. top with basil and chicken. add mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
4. return to oven. bake until toppings are hot, cheese it melted and crust is done baking and is golden. sprinkle with sea salt and pepper before serving or put it on the table for people to add themselves.

if you're vegetarian you can try this without the chicken.

bruschetta ala bovine - prepare ahead - marinate at least 8 hours!
8 on-the-vine tomatoes (good sized - but still smaller than a baseball. my price point for these is $0.69/lb - they are normally $1.88/lb at my wal-mart. ouch!), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup minced red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper

cut tomatoes. add garlic and onion. pour oil and vinegar over the top. season with salt and pepper. stir well. cover and refrigerate, letting the tomatoes marinate for at least 8 hours.

Friday, November 5, 2010

five ingredient fridays: chicken tacos

chicken tacos have got to be one of my all-time favorite meals. and i just realized they qualify for 5-ingredient fridays. pretty sure that makes them yummier.

chicken tacos
8-10 tacos

2 chicken breasts, butterflied
marinate most of the day in: enough lime juice to douse them, a few dashes of olive oil and a few cloves of garlic
grill to perfection seasoned generously with salt and pepper

double wrap in corn tortillas (2 tortillas per taco)

top with lots of cilantro and other toppings of your choice (cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, etc!)

this is delicious with mexican rice on the side. enjoy!

healthy cooking on a budget

disclaimer: i don't claim to be an expert on cooking, weight loss or even healthy eating, but i do love to cook, find healthy, taste bud-friendly tricks and most of all, i love to eat!

qualifications: what qualifies me to blog on cooking healthy on a small budget? well, as my husband is still a student, my budget is not what you'd call large. and as for the healthy part, when i was 10 i was diagnosed with pancreatitus - a disease that doesn't effect me much anymore unless i eat food that is too greasy or has too much fat (in which case, well, let's just say i get really sick). this had steered my experience and limited cooking expertise in a health-conscious direction.

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