Chicken Crust Pizza + WSU Giveaway 2

Yesterday, I was really in the mood for some pizza.

Chicken Crust Pizza

Actually I’m not sure what it’s like to not be in the mood for pizza. The only dilemma: we had no crust ingredients, and Livi was snoozing peacefully upstairs.

I thought of the ground organic chicken we had in the fridge:

package of ground chicken

and decided to make it into a crust, like those low-carb/Paleo pizzas that have been going around. I’d seen a few versions using cauliflower which didn’t sound appealing to me in the least (it’s right up there with beans in brownies), but chicken? I could get on board with that.

Chicken Crust Pizza

I based the crust for one off this recipe (nixed the cheese, same spices, added 1 T flax) and was really excited to post a pic on Facebook and say “guess what the crust is made of?!”

chicken crust

But no. It looked like a flat chicken burger patty.

Pizza transformation occurred:

topped with BBQ sauce, goat cheese and cilantro

The verdict?

It.was.awesome- a perfect afternoon snack.

chicken crust pizza

A New Workout

In other news, I finally tried out one of the Zuzana workouts from her new DVDs after doing Workout 1. It was only 9 minutes long and got my heart rate SKY HIGH- perfect HIIT session. I will do a full review on her DVDs when I’ve done all of them- hoping to have it up next week sometime. The nice thing is that they’re super short and can be done anywhere, which makes them perfect for quick, intense cardio days.

So far I will say that from what I can tell, they’re exactly like her online workouts, but for the convenience factor (no internet needed!) and price, I think it’s worth it.

Zuzana DVD

This morning I’m off to do the work thing (Wednesday = my Monday) but am ready for some Zuuuuuuuuumba.

Have a happy Humpday!



NEW family post: Baby signs!

Winter Shape Up: Check in here (<– link will take you to the right place) with today’s workout and to enter our second giveaway, courtesy of Physique 57!

Something to think:

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Something to talk about: If you could work out with any celebrity trainer, who would you choose? There are so many that I love (Chalene, Zuzana, Bob Harper) and my preferences change all the time, but I’d have to say Shaun T. He would kill me… and he’s very nice to look at 😉

Shaun T

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  1. Lori Barton Looney on January 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Me too! I’m working out with Shaun T. in April and I can’t wait!

  2. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on January 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Very interesting! I was a little turned off by the cauliflower pizza crust initially too, but I tried it once and it’s not bad at all. I prefer a traditional doughy crust, but it’s a nice change up every so often.

  3. Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant on January 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I want to try that chicken crust! A lot of the dough-less crusts going around lately don’t look so appetizing, but this one actually does! Plus I spend a ton of money on gluten free pizza crusts (pizza is a priority in our house) so I’d love a homemade, healthier version. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  4. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on January 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Cool idea for the pizza crust! I would love to workout with Jillian Michaels. Girl crush? Yup!

  5. lisa garcia on January 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

    That pizza looks amazing! What kind of BBQ sauce did you use? There are so many to choose from I usually just get so overwhelmed and leave with nothing!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      i get the bbq sauces from tj’s- they’re delicious and inexpensive

  6. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on January 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love Bob Harper! He can train me any day 😉

  7. Shaina Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I want to work out with Chalene so bad! I heard a rumor that she teaches at the 24 Hour Fitness in irvine and we just moved to Orange County so I’m going to have to research that.

  8. Shaina Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Solo-parenting a teething, jet-lagged 8 month old with a possible ear infection slightly derailed my workouts this week so I’m a few days late jumping on the WSU wagon. Today was my first time doing workout 1 and wowza! That plank and knee tuck is no joke, and squats/bicep curls are my favorite combo move so I was pumped to see that in the circuit! For tempo work, I’m running today. I’m doing a half mary in 2.5 weeks so it will be about 30/40 minutes but I’m doing it tempo-style. (Start humming gangham style now.)

  9. Samantha on January 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This looks delicious! Must make soon.

  10. Dandi on January 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hi Gina! I am so excited to try this crust recipe! This looks so amazing-thank you for posting:) Just to clarify so that I make this correctly…you used ground chicken instead of processing like the intiial recipe called for? and I noticed there were no eggs in this recipe…is the flax taking its place? Thanks for the help and I’m sorry if these questions are very repetitive. I love your blog 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      yep, no eggs! it worked great. (i would have used an egg but we ate the last for bfast)

  11. Lucie on January 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Ah, the Pizza looks delicious!! i am in Pizza mood since all my life 🙂
    I had a virtual Personal Training with Shannon Colavecchio and would love to have a face to face training with her. But I definitely wouldn’t mind Shaun T. to coach me. Just not sure how concentrated I would be 🙂

  12. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’ve tried bean brownies once and found them so unappealing that it basically turned me off from any further strange ingredient swap experimentation… so I’m definitely with you on the cauliflower crusts. Chicken sounds like a much more appealing alternative, and way to get creative in a pinch!

  13. Whit @ whit likes fit on January 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Um Jillian Michaels all the way. She is my absolute favorite ever! And after her I’d go with Bob or Dolvett. Gotta keep it in the Biggest Loser fam.

  14. Miss Molly on January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Haha. Is it too late to join Winter Shape Up. You crack me up!

  15. Amy on January 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I love the graphic. I don’t know that I would want to work with a celebrity trainer. I want to learn yoga poses so maybe someone who is good at that.

  16. Christina D on January 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    That crust looks amazing! I’m going to grab some ground chicken at the store today and try it for an afternoon snack.

    I think if I had to choose a celeb trainer, I’d go with Bob Harper for sure. Don’t know if I could handle Jillian or Shaun in person, their DVDs kicked my butt hard enough and I had the power to pause them!

  17. Karissa on January 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Clever idea for the pizza “crust,” I’d never thought of this before- I’m a pizza lover myself, what a great idea (with a nice spinach salad this would make a great dinner!)!

    Agreed- I loved Insanity, I think working out with Shaun T would be awesome, although I might die after the workout! (Nice meme btw)

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      haha thank you. i can’t be stopped 😉

  18. Emilia on January 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I’m usually not a big pizza fan, but a chicken crust with bbq sauce and goats cheese sounds so ridiculously good right now! Definitely going to try it soon. While I like the idea of a cauliflower crust, this one seems like it would be just a bit more pizza like. Thanks for sharing your invention! 😉

  19. Kim on January 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    You have some of the most creative recipes and meals I’ve seen. I would have never even thought to try making a crust with chicken! Very cool!
    I have done some of the first DVD in the Zuzana set – LOVE it!!!
    I would like to work out with Chalene, Jillian, Shaun T, the group from Les Mills Combat – I don’t know how to pick – I would take any of them. And, if I lived closer to you, I might even try Zumba for the first time ever!!

  20. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on January 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    That’s such a unique idea for a pizza crust! I’m glad it turned out good and you were able to get in your pizza fix.

  21. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples on January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    you’re so creative! that pizza looks delish! love the ‘it’s all a miracle’ quote ? …and the picture after that 😉 haha

  22. Danielle on January 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Love this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower crust but I’m so nervous I wouldn’t make it right!

  23. Eileen on January 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Gina, did you add egg with your flax? I just want to make it with chicken, spices & flax and I think that is what you said you did. Was the flax enough of a binder on its own? I have tried the cauliflower pizza crusts and they are decent, but not as good as the real thing. If you want a really awesome GF Pizza Crust try Namaste brand. Its is so good my entire gluten eating family even like it. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness on January 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I think the same on Shaun T and that’s all that gets me to do Insanity workouts sometimes. I would pick Chalene. I met her once and loved her energy – she’s a very genuinely nice person! The fact that she dealt with me crying and weird is a bonus. Yeah, don’t ask. I was nervous, okay? 🙂

    Chicken crust…. now that is intriguing. Saving that idea for later when I’m craving pizza because cauliflower crust does not sound super great to me either!

  25. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on January 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I can’t wrap my mind around the chicken crust! I think I’d have to try it… I have been wanting to try the cauli crust as well, but am unsure how it would come out if I left out the cheese recipes usually call for.

  26. Yaara on January 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Ha Ha! Love that Shaun T poster! And that quote is so true about finding the little miracles in everyday life!
    I would love to work out with Zuzana. She seems like a really down to earth and sweet person. And I admire how she pulled herself up from a painful life experience and created success for herself. She’s had it tough–but didn’t let that hold her back.

  27. Emily Stember on January 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    That looks delicious!

  28. Callie @ sMiles from Callie on January 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I want to make that pizza so bad!! I’ve been wanting to try the cauliflower version but this looks so simple and healthy. PS – I’m on the same page as you…I’m always in the mood for pizza!

  29. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on January 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    i’m a fan of HIIT workouts forsure.
    my dream one day is to meet and workout with Bob! there is no denying that.

  30. Sheena on January 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Ooooh this kind of reminds of a healthified version of my beloved CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza…similar flavor profile, with the bbq sauce, cheese, and cilantro. I’m going to make this with some smoked gouda and red onions to make it even more legit. Nom nom nom!

  31. Krista on January 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Pizza looks delicious. Cauliflower crusts are really good you should try it. I was hesitate at first to but really good the breadsticks are good to.

  32. Jamie on January 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year – right since the time that Olivia came around 🙂
    I love it, especially as I’m gluten and dairy free too so your recipes are a lifesaver. I was finally inspired to start my own and wondering what platform you use. I’m starting with WordPress and honestly finding it a bit frustrating to use.

    I’m completely with you – have been wary of the cauliflower crusts…but some of these comments are making me think I really should give one a try!

  33. Jeannie on January 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I tried cauliflower crust and ground turkey crust pizza before. The cauliflower crust pizza was just ok and the husband was not happy with it at all. Lol The ground turkey pizza was surprisingly really good!

  34. Holli on January 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    With all due respect, if you were craving pizza….why wouldn’t you just order a pizza? Im all for healthy food, but a ground chicken crust does not sound good, in any universe.

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      the best pizza takes an hour to get here :/

      • Holli on January 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Lol. Didn’t it take you just about that long to prep and cook this meal..?

  35. Sarah on January 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Heavenly workout trainer: Chris Powell. Why, oh why has no one picked him?! He’s HOT folks.

  36. Jamie VanEaton on January 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you so much for the link love for the chicken crust! Yours looks so good, too! I am all over that action.

    Your site is so rocking!~

    In bacon,

  37. Joyce on January 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Just a random thought and question I’ve been wondering ever since I’ve started following you (which has actually been quite some time), why do you eat a gluten-free diet? Unless its too personal to answer, thanks for your insight! 🙂

  38. Cassie Vaughn on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I would love to workout with yoga gurus Tara Stiles or Kristen McGee. Or the tone it up gals, Karina and Katrina would be sweet too!

  39. Lindsay @ Live. Love. Nutrition. on February 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    That is such a great/creative idea for a pizza crust! Will definitely be trying it out!

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