Balsamic Chicken & Kale Pita “Pizza” (THM FP)

I’ve missed you! I have been busy eating garbage food since Thanksgiving (just being honest here) and so I had no new recipes to share with you. I decided to get my act together for the new year, so I started a THM Fuel Cycle. It’s just a more pure version of the THM eating plan, minus cheese and nuts, and with a set way to eat for two weeks. You can learn all about it in Chapter 28.

I always find myself struggling on the fuel pull days. Those of you familiar with the plan will know what I mean. Fuel pull means no significant source of carbs OR fat. You are really asking your body to burn up your own stores. Food choices get really limited and meals can become challenging.

Yesterday I was looking for something yummy and filling to eat, and I came up with this! I hope you enjoy it. I didn’t take a any extra photos, so I hope you can get the general idea. You can absolutely adapt this recipe to be an S meal, or even an E with a little more effort. I will post ideas after the main recipe. But when you can have a delicious FP, I say go for it! I am calling it “Balsamic Chicken &  Kale Pita Pizza.”

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Joseph’s Pita
  • 1 Light Laughing Cow cheese wedge
  • 3 oz boneless chicken breast, baked and cubed
  • 2-3 large handfuls of raw kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1 medium roma tomato, diced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Tbsp fat free balsamic dressing (I used Maple Grove Farms)
  • salt, pepper, oregano to taste

Pre-heat the oven to 400°.  Mix the chicken, kale, tomato, garlic, balsamic dressing and seasonings in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside and let it marinate while the oven heats up. Spread the laughing cow cheese over the pita and place it on a baking sheet. Pile the yummy chicken and veggies on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the pita is crispy and everything has had a chance to get nice and toasty.

I called this a pizza, but in reality, you will probably need a fork to eat it. It was scrumptious and my hubby loved it…he ate TWO!

Variations:

To make this an S, add real mozzarella or other cheese on top. You could probably also add olives for added flavor.

To make this an E, you could ditch the pita and use Gwen’s easy bread dough for the crust. I would pre-bake the crust and then proceed as planned.

Bon apetit!

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Catching my breath (with the help of chocolate)

The last week has been pretty insanely busy for me…not because I wanted it to be, simply because I couldn’t avoid it.  The days have been full of family visits, cleaning, errands, parties, and work.  I feel like I haven’t been able to catch my breath for a long time.  I am really looking forward to tomorrow, because I am doing NOTHING!  *queue Bruno Mars ‘Lazy’ song*

One of the biggest causalities of my busy week was my diet.  My eating has been atrocious!  Between a planned cheat dinner for my anniversary, and then a surprise meal for my hubby’s birthday, my mom cooking my favorite dinner of ALL TIME (beef short ribs in chili sauce with mashed potatoes), and birthday party food…we can safely say that I am a bloated, miserable, mess who gained four pounds.  ERG.

Yesterday I got back on plan and I feel better, but I know it’s going to take a solid week, maybe two, to rekill sugar cravings and get things back under control.  It’s ok, though, because I know this race is a marathon, and not a sprint.  Life happens.  Celebrations happen.  The important thing is that I got back on track.  It helps that I am currently sipping on Gwen’s Thin Mint Shake.  I mean, that really makes things easier.  If you are having trouble getting back on the horse after some cheats or a bad week, know that YOU CAN DO IT!  Every meal is a new opportunity.  Don’t let defeat set you back.  If you need some inspiration, try the thin mint shake!  YUM!

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