Why Cheat Days are Awesome:
Most of us who consciously eat healthy and lean need a seventh day of rest — a cheat day when you throw caution to the wind and treat yourself to something decadent. This is a good idea on many levels because it compensates for the possibly low-calorie intake during the other days and also saves you from feeling deprived. A cheat day is one of the most important means of making sure you don’t fall off the wellness wagon.
What I Did on My Most Recent Cheat Day:
I made a moderately cheesy Chicken Kabab Pizza! Yes, I swapped a 100% whole wheat crust for a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.
How I Made This Plate of Awesomeness:
First, I made dough using Wolfgang Puck’s pizza dough recipe. I did a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour — feel free to pick your ratio, after all, it’s your day off!
While I waited for the yeast to do its magic, I marinated pieces of chicken (0.53 kgs or 1.16 pounds) in a freshly ground masala made from — Five dried red chilies, one teaspoon of coriander seeds*, one teaspoon of cumin seeds*, one stick of cinnamon*, two cloves, two pods of cardamom, two bay leaves, six raisins, a pinch of turmeric (optional) and salt. I added to this mix paste from two fat garlic pods, one inch cube of ginger and a tablespoon of yogurt.
After an hour, I baked the chicken in an oven pre-heated to 500 F or 260 C for 15 minutes. Then, I rolled out the dough, brushed the raw crust with a little chili-garlic oil — one tablespoon of canola oil blended with a pod of garlic and a red chili. I then topped it off with shredded mozzarella and baked chicken pieces cut into strips.(You could also mix the chili oil with the cheese) The pizza was baked for 12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes to figure out how much longer you need to bake your pizza. I garnished my pizza with chopped cilantro i.e. coriander leaves.
Of course, you can add onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, purple cabbage or any other veggies of your choice to the pizza.
* If you do not have or cannot find coriander and cumin seeds or any of the spices, feel free to use the ground versions available at any major grocery store.