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Post-Season Pesto Pizza

by Elizabeth Weiss, MS RD and Janice Bissex, MS RDN

Servings: 11 (1 Slice Per Serving)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Slice
    
Amount per serving
Calories 330
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 
 Saturated Fat 4g 
Sodium 530mg 
Total Carbohydrate 34g 
 Dietary Fiber 3g 
Protein 20g 
 
Vitamin A15%
Vitamin C10%
Calcium20%
Iron15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Post-Season Pesto Pizza is bursting with flavor thanks to two ingredients: caramelized onions and basil pesto. This recipe is also versatile — you can use the ingredients and layer them on two 16-ounce Italian bread loaves versus the two pizza crusts.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1½ to 2 pounds onions
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
One 6-ounce bag baby spinach
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup prepared basil pesto
Two 12-inch pre-made, thin pizza crusts
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, baked and thinly sliced widthwise*
8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese slices

Directions

  1. Peel the onions, cut in half lengthwise, and slice into very thin, ⅛-inch half-moons.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until caramelized (they'll be very soft and golden brown), about 30 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and spinach and cook until the spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the pesto evenly over the two pizza crusts. Top evenly with the onion mixture. Arrange the chicken over the onion mixture; then place the cheese slices evenly on top.
  4. Bake according to package directions until the cheese melts, 8 to 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

*To bake the chicken, place in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake at 350ºF until the chicken is no longer pink, 35 minutes.

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About the authors:

Elizabeth J Weiss MS RD

Elizabeth Weiss, MS RD

Author of "No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms." For more information, visit www.mealmakeovermoms.com.
Janice N Bissex MS RDN

Janice Bissex, MS RDN

Author of "No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms." For more information, visit www.mealmakeovermoms.com.

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