Saturday, March 10, 2012

Phase 1 friendly pizza chicken

I'm amazed that at my very first "learn to run" clinic with the Running Room, I survived.  I was able to keep up!  I think it had a lot in part to do with the fact that I've been taking the stairs every chance I get since November 2011.  It was minus 14 with the windchill last night, but I felt so invigorated after my run.  Yay me!  Thanks for doing this with me Enz.

So here's my recipe of the week.  Pizza chicken.  I know Dr. Poon says we can never have pizza again, but I think he could live with this phase 1 friendly version.  This recipe was adapted from http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html



PIZZA CHICKEN 

1 boneless chicken breast, pounded flat if thick
Salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning, to taste
1 tablespoon Waldenfarms - Tomato and Basil pasta sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 thin green pepper rings
1/8 of 200g package of Allegro cheese

Season the chicken with salt and other seasonings; grill. Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms and pepper rings in oil until slightly tender, but not mushy; set aside. Spread the sauce over the chicken, then top with the pepper rings, mushrooms and then finally, the cheese. Sprinkle with a little additional Italian seasoning, if desired. Bake at 350º about 10-15 minutes or until hot and the cheese is melted. Serve at once.

You can of course make this with any toppings you choose.  I also make a version of pesto which is Phase 1 friendly that I use as the sauce instead of the tomato basil sauce.


PESTO SAUCE

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Allegro cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
You pulse all the ingredients in a food processor (except the olive oil) until well blended.  Then you add the olive oil in a stream until everything is well incorporated.  You can freeze this in small portions (ice cube tray) to have on hand whenever you  need it.  Traditional pesto calls for pine nuts and Parmesan, but this version is  good in a pinch.  Enjoy:)

26 comments:

  1. Very nice recipe! I'll try to make it on eggplant and zuccini!

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    1. You could totally do that and use the chicken as a topping instead:)

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  2. This is a great idea. I do this with zucchini as well, but this way is more protein.

    I had no doubt you would survive! And you're going to do great. Chocolate Race look out - Leigh is coming through!!!

    See you tomorrow!

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  3. That's a great idea actually. :) Looks pretty delicious too!

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  4. Oh I can't wait to try this recipe... looks amazing.

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  5. This looks great I can't wait to try this one thanks for all your great ideas

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  6. This looks so delicious! Thanks for this. Do you mind if I pin this on Pinterest?

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    1. You can. I adapted it from a recipe I found at:
      http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html

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  7. looks yummy! glad you enjoyed your learning to run clinic

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  8. You know, this is the exact recipe and picture from genaw.com.

    http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/pizza_chicken.html

    Not only did you steal the picture, and the recipe, but you didn't even give credit to Linda Sue in your post. Not cute... I basically learned to cook from Linda's web site, and my girlfriend and I have donated to her to help keep her site running. I'm so annoyed with the fact that you would have the nerve to change the cheese type, and post this as your own. It's clear that your followers think that you created this recipe. Why not be honest and give credit to Linda? And say that you like it better with a different kind of cheese.

    Linda has had people steal her recipes before, and she doesn't ever really complain, but I'm upset. You didn't even reword the recipe. It was a clear copy and paste.

    I saw that you shared that you "adapted" the recipe from genaw.com. But you should have said that in the post. It's rude to not do so. Really rude...

    You also did this with your Mushroom, chicken, and sausage cassarole. You only changed the cheese to allegro. You used Linda's picture and most of her wording.

    This was your entry...
    http://poonapalooza.blogspot.com/2012/03/phase-1-friendly-mushroom-chicken-and.html
    This is Linda's...
    http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/mushroom_chicken-sausage_casserole.html
    No credit was given to Linda at ALL...

    It makes me wonder where your other recipes came from. All of those comments that you get, saying how great the recipe looks... And I only saw you tell one person that the real creator is Linda.

    I dare you to approve this comment. Let your followers see that you shamelessly copy and more than once have taken credit where it is not due.

    Fail.

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    1. Thanks Angie, I did change things around in my recipe and use the picture because mine was not as "nice". Most pictures are mine, but some are taken off the web. I need to adapt things to fit my "metabolic" diet and if it helps others on my specific diet, then I'll adapt. Perhaps not giving proper credit has been an oversight and I will definitely do so in the future. Thanks for the bashing and the "outing". Tons of stuff is shared all over the web and people borrow and adapt to their specific needs. Other than the last two recipes I've posted, they've all been mine. Anyone can feel free to re-post as your own and not credit me. I don't care, as long as I'm helping someone. I got the Sausage one off of someone elses post (not Linda) a couple of months ago and couldn't remember who's. Through that one I found the Pizza Chicken. Most recipes on the web are shared so I don't exactly know why you are so bent out of shape. You have given me inspiration for my next blog post though. Thanks!

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    2. Kudos, Leigh, for being such a nice person after being attacked like that. I am following your blog today. Smiles.

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  9. I do the same thing on my blog. I take recipes from cookbooks or websites and tweak them here or there. Unless this Linda chick has some sort of disclaimer on her site it's not a big flippin' deal!

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  10. Thank you for sharing great recipes. I love people sharing great finds..Now in response to the only rude person here..

    Hey guess what.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/SomaNu-Medical-Weight-Loss/121521231237226

    They either stole the recipe, too... or it was there's first. Or, even better..

    http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56546 there it is again IN 2006...

    Amazing. Those rude people.

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  11. wow, that is some crazy ass shit I just read... leigh, I can't believe how calm you are. it's f'in chicken and cheese!

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  12. Leigh, you sure are gracious. It's not like this is some innovative recipe or anything? Maybe we should get a historian to dig up whoever first put tomato/basil sauce and cheese of some kind on top of poultry....sigh.

    I think a photo credit and "I adapted" thingie is general good courtesy, but this is hardly the sort of thing one ought to be attacked over. It's not like you ran over a cat on purpose, geez....

    Tone is king, and the tone wasn't, "Oh, btw, it's good netiquette to, etc, etc, and maybe you can add that info to your post, cause X is a great person and you'd love to give her credit, right. :D . K, thankx, bye." How could it hurt to ask NICELY??? This was very attacking sort of tone...and makes one scratch their heads over it.

    Well, on we go. Hopefully, we all stay calm when attacked, like you did.

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  13. Rut Roh.... I steal all of my cat pictures. Uhmmm, I dont own a cat. (Allergies). But, they do make me laugh. Oh, to anyone else, watch out. I steal pictures and I do not give credit. So you have been warned. : )(yep, I stole the smile thingy too)Gracie

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  14. I went to genaw.com and the person who posts those recipes admits: "These are recipes that I either found on the Internet, I made up myself, or are based on old family recipes or other recipes I've gathered over the years and adapted to the low carb way of eating." So even they borrow from other people. We all do it. Yes, it's common courtesy to mention where you got the recipe from - but there was no common courtesy in that comment. You, however, handled your response very courteously - kudos! :)

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  15. I can't have dairy in phase one???

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    1. or salt? Am I killing myself for nothing. Was doing great 10 lbs week one. I am on phase one, week 2 strict and haven't dropped a pound in 3 days : (

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    2. I was just about to say no dairy in phase 1!

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  16. Phase one is zero dairy but dam this looks tasty!

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    1. You can have Allegro cheese on Phase 1. It's on the sheets and in the book.

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  17. I tried the diet before but went off it because I found it too restrictive and I got bored with the same old food choise all the time. I am back on it and sticking with it. I am experimenting with more seasoning which is easy for me to do as Jamaica. To give up your favourite foods for life is a tough pill to follow.

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