I am going to tell this story Quentin Tarantino style, from the end to the beginning, so follow along! My son, now 20, comes and goes in and out of the house like he owns the place. I am not even sure if he lives with us anymore. He does laundry, grabs food, and occasionally sleeps. He also does this at my mom’s, my grandma’s, my brother’s (who is 4 years older than Billy) and at his Dad’s, so I do not feel singled out! I just think the kid is lucky to have so much family surrounding him in a 10 mile radius and he works it like any smart kid in college would. This being said, I am not surprised at the above note. He dashed in, dashed out and I didn’t even see him. However, I did yell in from the garage, “I am doing a photo shoot. Do NOT touch the pizza!” He listens well.
I guess I cannot really blame him though because it smelled divine, and it tasted just as good as it smelled. It was super easy to make, and it is actually healthier than most pizzas you could have. It is gourmet. The herb goat cheese and purple potatoes make it so, but the Japanese Spices mixed with the ground chicken really complete the dish. It is an epicurean delight.
I have been dieting for about five years. I am so tired of dieting, so I have been moving my family over to more of a lifestyle change by making healthier, leaner choices. I have been substituting higher calorie, fat laden foods with alternates tasting just as good as much as possible. I have also learned a few tricks along the way. One of them is to use ground chicken in the place of pork or beef. Chicken is just as high in protein and has been on every diet I have been on. I learned about the wonders of ground chicken many years ago. It is usually cheaper, it has less calories, and tastes great in recipes. I by my ground chicken at Walmart. Tyson Ground Chicken is fresh, all natural, and it can be found in the fresh meat section under the poultry sign. You can see my whole path to purchase in my Google Plus Album. You can connect further with the brand at Tyson online or on Twitter @TysonGroundChicken.
Another trick I learned was to rinse your meat after you brown it. This works well with any ground meat you have browned; chicken, turkey, beef or pork. By rinsing the meat, you are washing all of the fat the meat was cooking in. Thus, lessening the calorie count and fat intake. Make sure you add the spices AFTER you wash the meat or you will wash them right off too. Sometimes I spice while cooking, wash and then spice again.
- 1 pound Tyson ground chicken, browned and rinsed
- 2 T Japanese 7 Spice
- 10 purple potatoes, diced
- ¼ t garlic powder
- ½ red onion, sliced
- Herb goat cheese, small package
- Pizza crust (I use the premade refrigerated stuff sometimes or the pre-cooked shells - occasionally I will even make the dough handmade)
- Olive oil
- 2 T sharp cheddar cheese
- Combine the purple potatoes and red onions
- Add salt and pepper to taste and garlic powder
- Pour oil on top of potatoes and toss (around a tablespoon or two)
- Pour the potato and onion mixture on a cookie sheet and roast for 40 minutes at 300 degrees occasionally turning the potatoes over to evenly roast all sides
- Prepare pizza crust as directed
- In the meantime brown and rinse the chicken
- Return the ground chicken to the skillet and add the Japanese spice until fully coated.
- When the pizza crust is ready and still hot, brush with olive oil and sprinkle cheese on while still hot
- After the cheddar cheese has melted top, smear the goat cheese at random intervals
- Top with the ground chicken and potato mixture
- Place in the oven at 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until goat cheese is melted.