Thai Chicken Pizza – California Pizza Kitchen Copycat

Thai Chicken Pizza –
California Pizza Kitchen Copycat

2 Servings

pizza crust
1 boneless chicken breast, half, skinless, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
1 to 2 green onion tops, julienned
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 carrot, julienned or grated (1/4 cup)
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced
1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped fine

Place chicken in zip-top bag, add 1/3 of the peanut sauce, seal and refrigerate for 2 hours. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Cook the marinated chicken for 3-4 minutes.
Prepare pizza crust, or use ready made bread shell. Top crust with remaining pizza sauce. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over sauce. Sprinkle julienned green onion tops over cheese, followed by the chicken, bean sprouts and carrots. Top with remaining cheese, cilantro and nuts.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust turns light brown.
Cut into 8 slices.

Thai Braised Beef with Coconut Milk and Ginger

1 (2 1/2-lb.) boneless chuck roast
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground red pepper
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided
3 cups chopped onion
1 cup diced carrot
2 Tbsp. minced peeled fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (16-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 cups light coconut milk
2 Tbsp. sliced peeled fresh lemon grass or 1 Tbsp. thinly sliced lime rind
3 bay leaves
6 cups hot cooked Chinese-style egg noodles (about 12 oz. uncooked)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Trim fat from beef. Cut beef into 2-inch pieces. Combine salt and next 6 ingredients (salt through black pepper) in a small bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of spice mixture over beef, and toss to coat; reserve remaining spice mixture.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add onion, carrot, ginger and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return beef to pan. Add remaining spice mixture, coconut milk, lemon grass, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours. Remove beef from pan using a slotted spoon; shred with 2 forks, set aside and keep warm. Bring vegetable mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until slightly thick. Discard bay leaves. Serve beef and vegetable mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Yield: 6 servings be

Note: You can find light coconut milk in the Asian or Mexican section of most supermarkets. If yours does not carry it, ask your grocer to order it for you.

Texas Style Sloppy Joe’s

1 pound ground beef
1 package Sloppy Joe’s Seasoning
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 can (4 ounces) green chilies, chopped
8 hamburger rolls or flour tortillas
shredded cheese (optional)

In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain fat.
Add Seasoning, pinto beans, tomato sauce, ketchup and chiles. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Serve over hamburger rolls or place 3 tablespoons mixture along center of 8 warmed flour tortillas; garnish with shredded cheese, if desired. Fold over edges of tortillas.

8 Servings