Amazing Carbless Pizza

Cauliflower. Oh I have always dreaded thee. You were not on the same level as peas, but you were pretty close. It’s that smell it has while cooking that turns me off. For the same reason I cannot eat tuna. I just can’t bring myself to trust that something that smells so bad can possibly taste good.

Cauliflower is not the crust of this carbless pizza

I have wanted to give cauliflower a try for some time now. I thought about making that cauliflower pizza crust but I don’t think I could convince the hubby it is actually pizza. But when I came across a recipe for an alternative carbless pizza crust (and another for a creamy, garlicky cauliflower sauce) the flavour wheels in my head started turning. I had to make this pizza, even if it was even less pizza-like than the aforementioned cauliflower crust.

You'll  never guess what the main ingredient is in this amazing carbless pizza crust.

You’ll never guess what the main ingredient is in this amazing carbless pizza crust.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

The name already has you drooling doesn’t it? It’s a combination of two favourite meals with a side of green goodness disguised as pasta…. the kind of meal that would have had me fooled a child. One of the best ways to trick a picky eater like myself is to finely, and I mean very finely, shop up vegetables until they no longer resemble vegetables. It’s sad isn’t it? I still have to use this trick on myself with certain veggies.

I first stumbled upon parmesan chicken meatloaf on Pinterest a while ago but never got around to making it until today. I shouldn’t have waited so long. The meatloaf was so moist and flavourful and the bowties just a little spicy from the fresh garlic.  The homemade tomato sauce I canned back in the summer when veggies were still fresh (sigh) was the perfect compliment to this decadent meal. It’s easy enough for a weeknight but fancy enough that you could serve it company.

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

  • 1 package ground chicken, preferably organic
  • 1 egg
  • about a cup of bread crumbs
  • roughly 1/2 Cup of ricotta cheese
  • however much dried basil and oregano as you see fit (or if you don’t like either of those two add whichever Italian spices you wish, go ahead, make it your own)
  • a handful or two of chopped baby kale, spinach and chard, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minces
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • spinach, kale and chard pesto (recipe below)
  • homemade tomato sauce (I used a roasted garlic one we canned last summer)

Preheat oven to 350.

Put all ingredients except olive oil in a large mixing bowl and combine, adding enough breadcrumbs until the mixture resembles meatloaf consistency (slightly sticky but dry enough to form a loaf). Coat a baking dish with olive oil and shape meat into a loaf inside dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

After 25 minutes, top with a spoon or two full of spinach, kale and chard pesto (recipe below). Cook another five minutes. Cover with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Cook until 10 to 15 minutes until bubbly and golden.

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf with Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties | www.pickytoplenty.com

Spinach, Kale and Chard Pesto Bowties

  • two or three handfuls of baby spinach, kale and chard
  • couple of drizzles of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp of butter (don’t be shy)

Place garlic and greens in a food processor and pulse until fine. Drizzle in olive oil and continue to pulse until it resembles pesto. Toss in a few spoonfuls of Parmesan.

Cook pasta until al dente. Return to pot with butter and pesto and stir until each little crevice of those bowties are covered in delicious, fresh, leafy green pesto. Top with a little more parm and some fresh ground pepper.

Leafy greens contain magnesium which is a calming mineral and something I am trying to consume more of to deal with some anixety issues I have been having.

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf | www.pickytoplenty.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf | www.pickytoplenty.com