Each night at dinner, my family and I discuss different topics. They range from what we did that day to current events or even detailed discussions about superheroes.
One night, my 10-year old son asked what food would we eat if we could only choose one food for the rest of our lives. His question stumped me. I’m an adventurous eater and I enjoy a wide variety of foods. I’ve heard of people who eat the same meal daily (Andy Warhol ate soup for lunch every day), but I’ve never considered this practice.
While I pondered this question for several minutes, all three of my kids automatically said pizza. I argued with them about why pizza probably wouldn’t the best nutritional choice. They countered with the health benefits of tomatoes, dairy, and protein. Touché
If I would let them, my kids would start their daily pizza diet immediately. I vetoed that idea. Instead, I decided try recipes that evoked the flavors of pizza in different and unique ways. I found a winner in Chicken & Pepperoni Pizza Bake. Not only does it taste like pizza, but it also incorporates pasta – my wife’s favorite food.
Chicken & Pepperoni Pizza Bake
8-ounce package sliced pepperoni
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 can Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 package rotini pasta, cooked and drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
½ bell pepper chopped
2 small sweet peppers (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Coarsely chop half of the pepperoni.
3. Add Extra Virgin olive oil to pan and saute the vegetables until the onion is tender.
4. In a large baking dish, stir in the vegetables, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, milk, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, oregano, chicken, chopped pepperoni, rotini, and red and black pepper. Layer remaining cheese and pepperoni on top.
5. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
7. Drizzle Extra Virgin olive oil on top before serving.
The kids loved the recipe so much that my 6-year old son asked, “Can we eat this every night?”
Join the conversation: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? BTW – I finally settled on fish.
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