Weight Loss: You Can Be a 'Biggest Loser,' Too (cont.)

Says Alexander: "Yes! You can have pizza and eat healthy. And you don't have to feel guilty about it. I always serve this pizza at my Super Bowl parties and when I invite girlfriends over for TV nights. My friends always rave and swear there's no way it's low in fat. This recipe is particularly great for kids, too!"

    1 whole-wheat flour, 96% fat-free tortilla (8-inch diameter)
    2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (7 grams carbs or less per 2 tablespoons)
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Cabot 75% Light Cheddar Cheese
    2/3 cup (3 ounces) chopped grilled chicken breast
    1/4 cup slivered red onion
    11/2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the tortilla on a small nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until crisp. If air bubbles form, poke them with a fork, then press out the air with a spatula or oven mitt.
  • Remove the sheet from the oven. Top the tortilla evenly in layers with the sauce, cheese, chicken, onion, and cilantro.
  • Bake for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted. Slice into 8 wedges. Serve immediately.

Note from Alexander: "It is critical that you do not attempt to make a pizza 'crust' from a low-carb tortilla. It will smoke and burn, without becoming crisp. Most barbecue sauce is high in sugar and carbohydrates. I always look for one with 7 grams or less of carbs per serving. Although you can use 'low-carb' barbecue sauce, I have not found one that I enjoy, so I opt for one that contains less carbohydrates rather than one that's called 'low-carb.'"

Yield: 1 serving

Per serving: 381 calories, 45 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat (3 g saturated), 78 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 861 mg sodium

Recipes from The Biggest Loser Cookbook (Rodale Books, 2006). Republished with permission.

Published June 22, 2007.

SOURCES: Devin Alexander, chef; author, The Biggest Loser Cookbook; host, Healthy Decadence on the Discovery Channel. Kim Lyons, personal trainer of the Red Team on The Biggest Loser. Biggest Loser participant quotes courtesy of NBC's The Biggest Loser show.

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