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Trisha Yearwood is a shining example of a star who knows her way around the kitchen. Sure, she’s a Grammy winner and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. But she’s also the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network, for which she won an Emmy last year, and she’s a two-time New York Times best-selling cookbook author.
I checked out Trisha’s recipe for Southern-Style Chicken Bacon Pizza, and it looks delicious. But while I’m on board with shortcuts like using pre-made dough, a few simple tweaks could make this pie much lighter.
Instead of heavy, starchy pizza dough, I used a high-fiber pita as the base. I kept the olive oil, but reduced the amount. (You still get all the benefits, but this cuts down on unneeded fat and calories.) As for the bacon, I used pre-cooked, crumbled bacon because it’s lean and convenient. And, of course, reduced-fat cheese saves some fat without sacrificing flavor.
Don’t worry, Trisha — I’m sure Garth Brooks will like this lightened-up version, too!
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
Baconed-Up Chicken Pizza
1 high-fiber pita
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. chopped garlic
3 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
¼ cup sliced bell pepper
¼ cup sliced red onion
2 oz. skinless chicken breast, cooked and chopped
1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
2. Lay pita on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, leaving a ½-inch border. Top with 2 tbsp. cheese, bell pepper, onion, chicken and bacon. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp. cheese.
3. Bake until hot and lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!
In 1 serving (entire recipe): 341 calories, 12.5g fat, 783mg sodium, 33.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 3g sugars, 30g protein