Thursday, May 14, 2009

Green Pizza - Green is the New Red

Green is in--and not only with respect to alternative energy, the environment, renewal of resources, but also with food!

Proven fact: green, leafy veggies are good for you, but do you get enough? I know that I don't and that's why I find ways to incorporate them into my diet--hence, the creation of this Green Pizza.

Using pesto instead of traditional marinara sauce as a base, my Green Pizza topped with grilled chicken and smoked mozzarella made for a delicious and healthy pizza alternative. Toppings can be substituted with virtually anything that you like. I think that an interesting variation to basil pesto might be arugula leafs or even arugula pesto.

Green Pizza (serves 2)

1 lb of store bought pizza dough
2-3 tbs of homemade
pesto (you can substitute pine nuts with a nut of choice. I like almonds)
1/2 lb of grilled chicken, cubed (you can use more or less depending on preference)
2-3 tbs of smoked mozzarella cut into small chunks (again, quantity depends on preference)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out dough into a round shape and sprinkle with cornmeal, so that it doesn't stick to the surface. Don't worry if it isn't perfectly round--I think it looks better when it's rustic. Spread thin layer of homemade pesto on top, leaving a 1 inch border for crust. Top with grilled chicken cubes and smoked mozzarella. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden.

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a glass of delicious white wine if you will...


  1. yum!! maybe we can recreate this next weekend...i have a pizza stone from pampered chef that i have been waiting to break in! ;)

  2. Definitely - no prob!

  3. Anonymous17 May, 2009

    The pizza was great. My sincere compliments to the chef -dan



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