Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Poultry Power!

Hey there! I can’t believe it is already Wednesday. This week seems to be going super fast. Fine by me!

So on Monday we talked about mixing up our protein sources. It is so important to mix them up because they all offer different nutrients that we need! Our body likes variety, because that way it gets all the good stuff.
But you see, last week I showed you this beauty…
and promised a recipe. So this does have chicken on it…but chicken is still good!

I started out with the wheat pizza crust from here. I LOVE her blog. She is a fellow Utah blogger, and I love all her recipes. Her blog says it is for kids, but I think we could all eat everything she puts up!

It was my first time making something with yeast. I was terrified. Yet it turned out fine! I baked the crust for 10 minutes with nothing on it to make it a but more crispy.

From there, I kind of just did what I wanted. We had spinach and a red pepper in our fridge, so I worked with it.

I failed to take pictures of the process, so bear with me. It is quite simple. I grabbed two handfuls of spinach (I know, so precise), and chopped the red pepper into small bite size pieces. In a large pan I drizzled a little olive oil and then put the spinach in to begin wilting a bit. As it starts to wilt, I chopped up some left over chicken we had into small pieces. I then added the red pepper and chicken to the wilted spinach and olive oil. Mix it all together.

Then, on the pre-baked crust I spread a little mozzarella cheese on the bottom. I then dumped (again, very precise) the veggie and chicken mixture on the pizza. Spread it around, top with a bit more cheese, and pop it in the oven at 475 for about 15 minutes. Then bang…you got a delicious pizza!

When I googled chicken…that came up. I couldn’t stop myself.
Anyway! Since this post doesn’t have enough writing in it (sorry about that), I thought I’d share some tricks when “decoding” labels on poultry. Then I’m outta here.
Free Range: A USDA-regulated designation, meaning only that the bird had access to the outdoors
Farm Raised: Usually refers to chickens raised on a local farm, but technically all are raised on a farm of some sort.
Certified Organic: All feed given to the birds must be certified organic – it doesn’t contain chemical fertilizers, pesticides, animal by-products or other additives.
Natural: The most commonly used label has nothing to do with standards of care, type or quality; it simply indicates no additives or preservatives were added after the poultry was processed
Hormone-Free: Irrelevant-no artificial hormones are used in any poultry production.
Raised without Antibiotics: Medications not classified as antibiotics may still be used.

Oh! One more thing. I hope you checked out my guest post on Moves n’ Munchies!
And…here are some more blog friends recipes for our protein mix-up.
Later, friends!
~Were you scared of people dressed up when you were little?
**Pretty sure I have a few pictures of me screaming on Santa’s lap. It was either me or my sister that would actually only go to Mrs. Claus. Really.
~If you had to eat one source of protein for the rest of your life, what would it be?
**I’m not sure why I asked this, because I hate questions like this. But it would probably be eggs. Or almond butter. Really.


  1. Mmm, that pizza looks awesome! I am going to have to try that ASAP. I love chicken and spinach on pizza. Yum!

    I think I probably cried at Santa, too. I have some friends that are DEATHLY afraid of clowns.

    Hmm, yeah I would probably have to go with peanut butter. I think I would have to go with peanut butter for just about any "if you were stranded on a desert island" question:)

  2. I love all of your good info! You've inspired me to do chicken pizza tonight! YUM! I think I'll try bbq sauce with grilled chicken.
    I don't remember being scared of costumes but some of my kids definitely have been!
    Protein source: eggs. So versatile!

  3. I have a similar photo of myself as a kid and Pittsburgh Pirate's mascot (a giant Parrot) "biting" my head and making me scream. And secondly, I could survive on Greek yogurt alone (not technically, but 'ya know).

  4. hey girl love your blog :) thanks so much for your sweet comment on mine! i'm so glad you found me! i love all the fabulous info you have on your blog and inspirational recipes you add! everything looks amazing! YUM!

  5. great post on poultry! People need to be informed. you are so good at that! I love getting organic free range chicken from our local farmer. yum!

  6. Thanks for posting the recipe! And great info about poultry! If I could only eat one source of protein for the rest of my life?! Ah! Almond butter. Or chicken. I really do like chicken (and it's much more versatile than AB haha)

  7. Thanks for the info I feel it is really important if you eat meat to look into purchasing humanely raised hormone free animals! Pizza looks delish!


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