Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cluck 'n Moo Pizzaiola on Ciabatta

We are always looking for healthy choices to reduce the fat and calories in our meals. When it comes time for choosing a ground beef alternative, what is your go-to? Ground turkey? Ground chicken? Ground buffalo? Ground Cluck 'n Moo? Wait, what? Cluck 'n Moo? Why yes, Cluck 'n Moo! A new healthy alternative to ground beef. The fine folks at Cluck 'n Moo share this about their product: "Enjoy a perfect-crafted mix of gluten-free and antibiotic and hormone free, humanely raised chicken and grass-fed beef. Cluck ‘n Moo Ground™ delivers the same juicy taste and texture as regular ground beef, but with 52% less fat, 34% fewer calories, and 57% less saturated fat. Substitute Cluck ‘n Moo Ground™ in all of your recipes calling for ground beef." So, since my husband and I are always looking for healthy choices to reduce the fat and calories in our meals, I was excited to learn that 37 Cooks would be receiving Cluck 'n Moo Ground to create exciting new dishes with.

There are times when my husband and I want a light dinner. These delicious Cluck 'n Moo Pizzaiola on Ciabatta fit that bill. I hope you enjoy them, too, and I hope you will give Cluck 'n Moo a try. My husband and I definitely enjoyed their product and gave them a big thumbs up!

Cluck 'n Moo Pizzaiola on Ciabatta
by Linda
Adapted from Steak Pizzaiola on Ciabatta at Cooking Light/My Recipes

4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 pound Cluck 'n Moo Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 28-ounce can of unsalted whole tomatoes
Ciabatta bread, 5 slices
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 large basil leaves, cut into ribbons (chiffonade) for garnish
Crushed red pepper for garnish

1. Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in large skillet, medium heat.

2. Add Cluck 'n Moo Ground to skillet and brown thoroughly. Drain and return to skillet.

3. Add salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and tomatoes to skillet, stir to combine.

4. Using two forks, gently tear tomatoes apart.

5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.

6. Lightly brush Ciabatta bread slices with remaining olive oil.

7. Place on a baking sheet and put under a broiler (high heat) for 1 - 2 minutes until lightly browned.

8. Using a slotted spoon, place a generous amount of meat mixture on each slice of bread (keeping toasted side up.)*

9. Mix cheese together in small bowl, then top each slice with a generous amount.

10. Place back under broiler 2 - 3 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.

11. Garnish with basil ribbons and crushed red pepper. Serve immediately.

*This makes enough to freeze a portion for another meal.

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