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Italian Pizza Crust

Italian Pizza Crust
Wheat Italian Pizza Crust

By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC

(This is my favorite crust recipe!)

2 1/4 tsp yeast (or one package)

3/4 cup warm water

1 tsp sugar

Mix together and set aside. In another bowl, place the following ingredients:

1 cup white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

2 TBSP olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic salt

Stir together and then pour in the yeast mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon til mixed together. ┬áKnead it on a floured surface a couple times. Let raise till double. Flatten or roll out onto a pizza pan (or on a cookie sheet) and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add any pizza sauce and toppings you desire. Finish baking 10-15 minutes more. Enjoy! ­čÖé

Yield: One 12.5 inch by 9 inch rectangle pan (I don’t have a circle pizza pan) ­čÖé

Note: You can just use all white flour if desired. Or use your favorite kind of flour, if gluten intolerant. The dough can be made & baked, then stuck into the freezer in a well sealed bag for a quick just-add-toppings pizza later!

(The above pizza has sauce, chicken, onions, orange bell pepper, olives, fresh parsley, Monterrey jack & cheddar cheese.)

Italian Dressing

By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC

1 & 1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 TBSP honey

2 tsp. dry mustard (can use prepared mustard too)

1 1/2 tsp. minced onion

1 tsp dried dill weed

1 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp paprika

Mix dressing together in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Makes approximately 1 3/4 cups.  Drizzle on lettuce salad, cooked quinoa or rice, or on a pasta salad.

Italian Chicken

Shannon's Italian Chicken
Shannon’s Italian Chicken

Put approximately 5-10 pieces of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (or can use other pieces) in a 9×13 (or other baking dish) ┬áand drizzle the Italian dressing over it. Chicken does not need to be submerged in the dressing. Bake uncovered for one hour at 300 degrees. ┬áServe hot. Leftovers make a really good cold chicken sandwich or a good chicken salad mixed with mayo, cheese, pickles etc.

Note: I just made this for a group of 40 people. I had 30 large and small pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a large foil roaster pan. I made a double recipe of the Italian Dressing and drizzled it over all. It was baked, uncovered, at 350-375 degrees for 2 1/2  hours and was very tender and moist. (I did move the chicken around in the pan a couple times while it was baking since the chicken was overlapping.)

If you have leftover broth, drain it off and bring to a boil in a pan. Add rice or quinoa and cook till the grain is tender.  This is good in any side dish with vegetables!