Monday, July 23, 2012

Avocados, Chicken, Pizza and Chocolate Chips

After setting out boneless skinless chicken this morning, I had no idea what to make for dinner. I was walking around the store like a lost person, with only a bottle of wine in my cart. I mindlessly  grabbed an avocado and then spotted the 75% off basket at Sweetbay - McCormick's Grill Mates Mexican Fiesta was one of the products in there. I usually make my own marinades but at $0.30, I couldn't walk away. Now I had a Mexico chicken flavor profile but I wanted nothing to do with Tacos, Taco Salad or Fajitas. I am over it. I saw Boboli's 100% Whole Wheat Thin Crust (thank you at home pizza gods - this is the 1st time I have found this since moving to Tampa). I knew immediately what I would create! I marinaded my chicken in the Mexican Fiesta, baked it for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and chopped it up.
While the chicken was baking, I created a pizza sauce. I took a can of diced tomatoes and drained them, added 1 small can of tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, and mixed them up with my Cuisinart Smart Stick. I then added A LOT of fresh garlic slices, spread it on the pizza and step by step, added the chicken, 1/2 a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) and some fat free cheese. I threw it in the oven for 9 minutes at 425.
What can make this better? Add 1/2 of a Hass Avocado
Well - I have to say, this recipe is boy tested and approved. As a matter of fact, he asked me where I found the recipe and begged me to put it on the repeat list! It is so easy and took barely anytime at all.

Well what do I do with that other half of the avocado? Gabe wanted to eat it like an apple. I had better ideas. Avocado chocolate chip popsicles!! Do not be put off by avocado's as a dessert. They are such a creamy base and are amazing when you add a natural sweeter to them. We love them and both of us were once very picky eaters.

I got a Zoku pop maker last summer and honestly, do not use it enough as I should. I had some coconut milk, blended it with the remaining avocado, put honey in to taste and a lot of chocolate chips. Voila! Enough to make 3 pops. 
For 2 (or 3!) pops
1/2 avocado - remove the pit, get the flesh out and put into a blender. Add 1/8 a cup or more coconut milk - you want it to be a medium consistency. Pour honey in to taste, depending on how sweet you want it to be. Blend until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and pour into your Popsicle maker. If you are using your Zoku, it will take 8 minutes to freeze. If it is another brand, I cannot help you with the time.

1 comment:

  1. I'm no big fan of Avocado, but that has got my mouth watering. I'll just take a page out of our corporate catering company's spicy playbook and add some jalapeño peppers for that extra zing.

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