Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Green Giant Pizza

Things got crazy here today at the Other Side of 50. I'm not talking just a little bit crazy like me finding the cure for potholes or being able to promise you a five-minutes-or-less trip into the BMV to renew your vehicle's registration. I'm talking pure loony-ness, like Lucy and Ethel splitting the atom or maybe Paris and Lindsay sharing a room at the convent of Our Lady of Perpetually Lost Panties. I have crossed the border from sanity to insanity without skipping a pill beat.

Here it is. Take your time in admiring it and then make note of the date and time so you'll always remember when and where you first heard of Mag's Green Giant Pizza Sauce. Isn't it awesome?

OK, a little background info for those of you are truly interested in seeing if this is indeed a real recipe or if I'm just yanking your chain. A few weeks back I received a package from Green Giant through My Blog Spark. In the package were the items pictured below. (Notice the pedometer? I'm thinking someone on the outside of my closely guarded bubble has been making suggestions to someone that I might possibly need to lose some weight.)

Instead of merely microwaving and serving the broccoli and cheese sauce as is, I decided to get a little creative and turn it into a pizza sauce. I've been thinking that pizza really gets a bad rap in the dieting world when in fact, it can honestly be a dieter's friend if made properly. Pizza crust typically contains very little fat or sugar and when white flour is replaced with whole grains, the crust actually becomes quite healthy. And when that healthy pizza crust is topped with lean protein, veggies and part-skim cheese, suddenly you have a complete meal before you that really does fall within the specifics of most weight loss plans.

Green Giant Pizza (from the kitchen of Mags the Insane)

1 (10 oz) box of Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Sauce, prepared per package directions then processed in food processor until 'saucy.'
1 (10-12 inch) whole wheat pizza crust
6 ounces seasoned, cooked and cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Spread broccoli and cheese sauce on top of pizza crust then top with chicken, cheese, peppers and crushed red pepper flakes. Place pizza in oven.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

21 comments:

Moogie said...

Interesting pizza. I just received the same Green Giant package and have to do my posting.

briarrose said...

Pizza does get a bad reputation. My love of it has never nixed it from my diet plans though. Wonderful, unusual sauce.

Anonymous said...

But how did it taste? Do tell us! Did hubs like it? Did you?

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Yummy yummy Mags! Love the healthy twist!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very interesting recipe! I like that you used the broccoli in the sauce. I would probably load way too much cheese on top, though, and undo any health benefits of the sauce. :)

Mary said...

That pizza looks incredible! I would love a slice right now! xx

June said...

MMM yes, pray tell. How did it taste Mags? You've got my attention, but I'm not sure about you know who. He'd have me committed (along with you) if I tried this one on him. LOL

Kat said...

That looks delicious! Great idea.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

June: It really was quite good. The only thing I think I'd do differently the next time is add a little bit of hot sauce to the broccoli cheese sauce.

Paula said...

wow, that`s so huge and yummy!

Karen said...

This sounds really delicious. It's nice to have something other than tomato sauce on pizza.

Nanan said...

My sister and I have been saying pizza is health food for years - it just depends on how you make it! Go - Mags - Go!!!!!

Sue said...

You're a genius, Mags! I bet this is so flavorful! I'm going to try it!

ann said...

Mags, I love it. I'll try any pizza and healthy is a good thing!

Shelby said...

Well Mrs Creative, I honestly would eat this pizza! I love what you did. I would make this just to get Grumpy to eat it and then tell him what it was! Looks great!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

You had me puzzled with your title. I was wondering if was going to be a pizza covered in green peas.
We're huge homemade pizza fans here at our house and I love trying out new sauces/toppings on my clan. We're huge cheese/dairy addicts with no will power so we'd, no doubt, top it with so much cheese as to increase the calorie count into the heavens!! ;) As long as you top it with healthy choices, that's all that matters, right? Looks really good. Thanks for the new idea, Mags!

Lauren's Latest said...

I could eat half that pizza, at least!

Julie said...

HI, Mags! Interesting pizza! Great use of the veggies!! Hope the no smoking is continuing to go well! How many weeks now?

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and healthy! I love getting packages in the mail and checking out all the goodies!

Tessa said...

We eat a lot of homemade pizza, and this sounds great. What a good idea!

Tink's Spin said...

now that does look good,,did you share it with the giant ? :) lv sll your recipes, Tink