Oh this Veggie, Feta, and Chicken lavash pizza. I could kiss it. But I don’t – I just skip to shoving it all in my mouth. I’m tacky like that.
If you follow me on Instagram and ever stumble on my stories… you have to know of my love affair with Blaze Pizza… guys- it just won’t stop. And the funny thing about it is, I didn’t even have it on my radar until I started macros. Seems all wrong to get hooked on a new pizza joint right as I’m going full force macro-counter. But I DID! And I swear it had something to do with my success and good feelings toward the whole thing! If I could eat a whole pizza for dinner and still be on track, even losing weight… I HAD EVERYTHING I NEEDED IN LIFE.
Ok so the real reason it appealed so much in the beginning was because they have their nutrition all posted online. Even an online calculator if you want to build your own pizza. So when I was fresh into counting and there was no way I would dare to estimate or eyeball stuff… any restaurant that had their nutrition published was something I could do! It got added to the list with all of the other more mediocre chains I’d resigned myself to for a while.
So in the beginning, I would order the Green Stripe, sure to say “make it exactly like it comes”… And of course I’d watch like a hawk and make sure they didn’t get heavy handed with the cheese or pesto drizzle– of course there’s room for error… but I’d log it and call it good. And it was SO. GOOD. I can still remember the first time I had it and felt like — if I can eat this I can do macros forever. THIS COULD WORK.
But that’s not to say it came without cost. The macros were still huge for one meal… but doable. And worth it to me… The green stripe would come to like 88 carbs and 30 fat. Two meals’ worth for most of us — oh but I’d save. Lettuce wrapped turkey for lunch was a price I was willing to pay to be able to leave my will power at the door and sit down to a whole pie. I’m just not half-a-pizza kind of girl.
Ok but here’s the end of this compelling story. (HA). When I decided to do a “cut” again a few months ago, spending that 30 fat seemed harder than before.. I’d gotten used to higher numbers and couldn’t make myself save that much for dinner any more. Definitely couldn’t return to lettuce wrapped turkey when I’d gotten used to this amazing, giant smokey chipotle turkey sub or at least this turkey pepper jack panini every day! So I started building THIS PIZZA that would come to only like 8 fat!…. and became totally obsessed! It’s all I want now. And I can’t tell you how shocked I am that I don’t really miss legit cheese….
It’s just red sauce, a little feta (no mozzarella), all the veggies, a little pineapple (because that’s the only fruit they have there), chicken, lots of garlic (depending on how your love for garlic matches up with your love for kissing your spouse)— and obviously arugula at the end! Because no pizza is complete to me without that fresh, peppery crunch. I know I’m such a girl.
So now when it’s been a few days since a Blaze outing…. I make this skinny little copy cat at home. It’s no chewy 85 carb pizza crust… but it’s crispy, still so good, gives me my fix, and ALWAYS fits.
Veggie, Feta, and Chicken Lavash Pizza
- 1 josephs lavash bread
- 1-2 tsp chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup jarred marinara- Organic Victoria from Costco is my current fave, Trader Joes Rustico also has great macros… but 1/4 cup of any brand won’t kill your macros.
- 50 g chopped grilled chicken or rotisserie whatever you’ve got!
- 20 g fat free feta
- 20 g sliced red onion
- 28 g mushrooms
- 40 g cherry tomatoes
- 28 g roasted red peppers
- 14 g pepperoncinis
- 20 g thinly sliced peaches apples or pears or the more classic pineapple would also be good if you’re into a sweet kick on your pizza like me!
- A handful of arugula
- 3 grams frizzle of balsamic glaze
- Preheat oven to 450
- Lay out your lavash on a cookie sheet or pizza pan if you have one. Spread with 1-2 tsp of chopped garlic (as always, I use the frozen dorot cubes from Trader Joes or most grocers and soften in the microwave for like 8 seconds first.)
- Spread with red sauce.
- Top with chicken, feta, and veggies. Finish with a good sprinkle of kosher salt, and a mist of olive oil spray.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes or until the edges are brown and crispy!
- Transfer to a large cutting board and cut in pizza wedges… or rectangles if you prefer. Top with a big handful of arugula, another sprinkle of kosher salt, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze!