Make a Mexican Pizza with Leftover Chicken Breast

Wasting food is not my thing.

When I have to throw moldy vegetables or leftover chicken into the compost bin, I see dollar bills floating down into my trash.

That’s when I decided to add a Leftover Makeover column to my weekly newsletter. This way we’ll both save money if I’m creating recipes for a new column.

Mexican Pizza

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Easy Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

I’ve had a ton of fun creating an endless variety of homemade pizzas, and I’ll bet my versions of this classic dish is far more calorie friendly than you’ll find at your local restaurant.

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

Merriam-Webster defines a pizza as “a dish made typically of flattened bread dough spread with a savory mixture usually including tomatoes and cheese and often other toppings and baked . . .”

That could define almost any pizza that strikes your fancy, right?

I’ve used a variety of “bread doughs” for this family pleasing dish. I make a whole wheat dough in my bread machine, or sometimes I buy it in bags from Trader Joe’s for pennies.

Easy Mushroom Pizza

This easy mushroom and sun dried tomato pizza was a Trader Joe’s pizza dough creation.

Tortilla White Bean and Basil Pizza

Sometimes I use tortillas for my “bread dough.”  Tortillas make terrific figure friendly pizzas, especially when you add fresh basil and white beans.

And if you missed making your own English muffin pizzas as a kid, then grab a bag of muffins from the store (100% whole wheat please), and toast a few under the broiler. Then top them with spaghetti sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Pop them back under the broiler to lightly brown – the perfect kid food. You might even sneak in a few leaves of spinach, and maybe they won’t notice.

What’s my favorite cheese and veggie combinations you ask?

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant

Any pizza topped with veggies and cheese makes me happy. This past week I decided to roast eggplant, green peppers, and a head of elephant garlic until they were fragrant and tender.

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

Then I topped a pre-baked crust with that sweet roasted garlic I mushed in with a carton of garden vegetable cream cheese. Then I layered in my roasted eggplant, green peppers, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

It’s clear why I’m pizza crazy now, isn’t it?

Happy, healthy cooking!

Roasted Eggplant Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium eggplant, firm, sliced ¼" thick
  • 1 large elephant garlic, skins removed and broken into pieces
  • 2 large green pepper, sliced in ¼" rings
  • 4 large roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 8 ounces Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 4 tablespoons capers
  • 8 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup low fat feta cheese
  • 2 large Boboli Thin Crust Pizza Shell
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Lightly spray a pizza stone or cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  4. Layer eggplant, green peppers and garlic on the cookie sheets and roast for 25 - 30 minutes until vegetables are just tender.
  5. Combine the cream cheese and roasted garlic in a bowl, then spread over Bobolli pizza shells.
  6. Layer eggplant, green pepper, and tomatoes onto the crust. Then sprinkle with oregano, mozzarella and feta cheese and capers.
  7. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted.
Notes
Calories: 193kcal
Weight Watchers Points Plus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 7.47g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 3.04g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.45g
Total fat: 10.96g
Calories from fat: 98
Cholesterol: 38mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 11.96g
Total dietary fiber: 2.54g
Protein: 9.84g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 slices - makes two large pizzas using Boboli Th

Easy Pizza with Tender Shrimp and Goat Cheese

When it comes to eating out, I’m a pizza or Mexican girl myself.

No fancy restaurants for me!

If I’m treating myself to a few unnecessary calories then I’m gonna do it up right. Chips and salsa, or maybe a little carne asada?

Could be I’m in the mood for a barbecue chicken pizza with chunks of chicken and cashews topped with a layer of gooey cheese.

Crazy good!

Shrimp, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pizza

Or maybe my pocketbook and waistline can’t afford the treat this week and I’ll make my own pizza.

Wait! There’s more! Read on for the recipe . . .