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Light and Easy Spring Meals and Snacks: Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Spring has finally sprung and it's time to turn our minds to meals that are light and easy. After all, no one wants to be weighed down by rich, hearty meals when there are so many great activities to take part in. Also, who wants to spend hours cooking a meal? This week, let's take a look at how a simple loaf of pita bread can be made into a delicious meal and easy snack.

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizzas
Serves 4

4 loaves of whole wheat or multi-grain pita bread
½ cup of light or fat-free Caesar salad dressing
½ cup of 2% shredded mozzarella cheese
8 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
2 - 6 ounce packages of refrigerated grilled chicken strips
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Place the pita bread on a cookie sheet and spread each loaf with 1 tablespoon of salad dressing and top with 1 ounce of shredded cheese.
2. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese melts.
3. Allow the pizza to cool for around 5 minutes before topping each loaf with 2 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 tablespoon of additional salad dressing, 3 ounces of chicken strips and Parmesan cheese.
4. Serve immediately.

The above recipe is incredibly easy, but pita bread also makes a great snack. All you need to do is cut the loaves into wedges and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees until crispy. Then the wedges can be dipped in your favorite low-fat dip. If you'd like to add some flavor, you can brush the wedges with olive oil that has been mixed with your favorite spice blend. This makes a great substitute for high calorie potato chips. Just be sure to choose whole wheat or multi-grain varieties. And, if you're out of ideas for a tasty dip, consider fat-free flavored cream cheese, fat-free bean dip or even a drizzle of fat-free chocolate sauce. This treat can be savory or sweet depending on the seasonings you use. Try mixing things up and adding cinnamon and sugar to light tasting olive oil to help cure a late night craving.