Buffalo Chicken "Pizza"

Friday, May 31, 2013

Some of you may already know that I am doing a Diet Bet right now. What is Diet Bet you ask? Well, let me tell you about it. Everyone who plays must pay a set bet amount and it all goes into one big pot. The game I am playing is $25. If you lose 4% of your total weight, you get to split what is in the pot with all the other winners. Grant it you won't become a millionaire, but I think you get a lot more out of playing the game than just money. I did this to help gain some motivation and accountability. I really don't have much of either. Can you lend me some of yours? I lost mine. Also, it just sounds like something down right FUN to do while losing weight! Who doesn't like having others cheer you on when you are trying to lose weight or have someone say don't give up if you have a bad weigh in. I thrive on that! Although it is probably too late to do the game I am doing right now, you could always join a different game or start your own. I am going to try it out this month and if all goes well... I'll be betting again next month :) I will keep you posted on how I do!

So here I am Day 1 of restarting the Medifast plan. How many times have we heard that one before? Too many times to count I am sure! I have constantly fell off plan and I have no one to blame but myself. I am a binge eater. I admit it and accept it. It isn't easy trying to lose weight when you eat even when you aren't hungry or you have a mouth that just doesn't know when to stop eating, especially the foods with high amounts of CARBS! By the way, that's a bad word in Medifast! Now the question is... what to do? Do I keep staying on this roller coaster ride of being on plan and then off plan? Could this time really be the last time I fall off plan? Honestly, probably not. But... I recognize the problem and I am aware of it. I have had this problem ever since I was a teenager. It goes way back to the stone ages :) I remember I would eat a box of little debbie snacks in almost one sitting but back then I didn't gain much weight when I had those binges. Oh the joys of getting older! Bad habits are hard to break, but I am working on it. I know it will get better. You know why? They HAVE to get better... for my overall health, my family, and my life (plus I want to look cute in those tight skinny jeans). 

Anyways, I am back... AGAIN :) I feel really good about being back and I can't wait to start cooking in my kitchen!

The Buffalo Chicken "Pizza" is the first Lean and Green meal I decided to cook during the Diet Bet challenge. Day 1 today :) Thanks to Jeremy Lopez! It's funny I never thought about making this sooner until Jeremy brought it up, considering the Buffalo Chicken Bake is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. This "pizza" is very similar to that recipe except all the yummy gooeyness is spread on a cauliflower crust. Oh my goodness! It is now my fave type of "pizza"! Seriously, you have to try it! I promise it will soon become a personal favorite too. I usually make pizza crusts in batches and freeze them, but this particular crust is slightly different from the others because it has less cheese in the crust. This is so that chicken can be added in the recipe. I usually get about 5 to 6 cauliflower crusts with one head of cauliflower so I made two of this type of pizza and four of the traditional type of pizzas. Don't forget to add one more Green to your meal. You could always add a 1/2 cup of celery, or maybe some assorted bell peppers. I just had 1 cup of romaine lettuce on the side with some Walden Farms dressing with mine. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I have! I am definitely going to make this one again!


You could also fold the pizza in half and have a nice pita style wrap! Stuff a 1/2 cup of lettuce (1/2 Green) and 1/4 cup tomatoes (1/2 Green) inside as your other Green.


Buffalo Chicken "Pizza"

Ingredients:

Crust:
1/4 cup egg beaters (1/8 Lean)
1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese (1/4 Lean)
1 cup grated, raw cauliflower (2 Greens)

Toppings:
2.25 oz chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (3/8 Lean)
2 tbsp Frank's Hot Sauce (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp reduced fat ranch dressing (1/2 Healthy Fat)
1 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese (1 Condiment)
1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar or Mexican cheese (1/4 Lean)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine grated cauliflower, 1/4 cup cheese and 1/4 egg beaters in a medium size bowl.
Spoon mixture on prepared pan.
Use the back of the spoon or your hands to thin out mixture and form a circle about the size of a dinner plate without the rim. 
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Flip the crust over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing and cream cheese.
Spread on prepared crust. (You could also add your extra green at this point such as 1/2 cup diced celery or bell peppers).
Top with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
Broil until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

1 Serving with 1 Lean, 2 Greens (you need 1 more Green such as 1/2 cup celery), 2 Condiments and a 1/2 Healthy Fat




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