Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chicken and Veggie TJ's Pizza

Trader Joe’s – home of the amazing fresh garlic & herb pizza dough.  I love making homemade pizzas.  I like the fact that I can put all of the toppings on the pizza that I want, make them healthier, and save A LOT of money.  Not to mention, you can eat it hot and right out of the oven when the cheese is still melty and gooey.  Ahhh…bliss! 

Trader Joe’s is featuring the “Out of this World Pizza Edition” of their Fearless Flyer right now.  When it arrived in my mailbox I had to run (not walk) to my neighborhood TJs and pick up all of my favorite pizza toppings.  For this pizza, I chose chicken, marinated artichokes, sundried tomatoes, leafy greens, and red onion.  Totally healthy (well, as healthy as pizza can get) and totally satisfying!  It was the perfect meal to a perfect day of March Madness.

Garlic & herb pizza dough
Pizza sauce
Sundried tomatoes (julienne cut in olive oil), chopped
Marinated artichokes, chopped
Leafy greens, chopped
Red onion, chopped
Grilled chicken breast or rotisserie chicken, chopped
Mozzarella cheese
Black pepper
Italian seasoning

Here’s are some helpful notes about these ingredients:
1.     My favorite pizza dough at TJs is the garlic & herb.  However, you can easily substitute their plain or whole wheat pizza dough.  Yes, they’re all fresh and in the same section.
2.     TJs has cooked, grilled chicken breast ready and waiting for you to just warm up.  How awesome is that?  You can use it for anything in a pinch!
3.     Leafy greens.  I picked up a powerful organic leafy greens mixture from TJs this time to use for the pizza.  It contains baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach.  You can use just baby spinach if you want but why not add all of the wonderful nutrients with the kale and chard???  You won’t be disappointed!

The beauty of making a homemade pizza is you can choose how much of everything you want and pile it on.  Therefore, I’m NOT going to tell you how much of each ingredient to use here.  That right – if you want more leafy greens then GO FOR IT!  If you want less onion then by all means, put as little as you like!  The whole idea behind making homemade pizza is to personalize it J.

Some things I would recommend are to squeeze out some of the oil from the sundried tomatoes before putting on the pizza.  Also, pile on the leafy greens – they shrink a lot.  Lastly, place all ingredients and then put cheese on top.  I noticed that some of the ingredients might char or dry out if you don’t put cheese over it.  For the finishing touches, sprinkle some black pepper and Italian seasoning on the cheese for a little added spice.

The Final Four is this weekend…I know what I’ll be eating!

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