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Pizza Night with Nutritious Sides

Here are two tasty and nourishing side dishes to pair with your California Pizza Kitchen Frozen pizza for the ultimate pizza night at your house.

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I’m partnering with California Pizza Kitchen Frozen and Nestle’s Balance Your Plate to show you guys how to create an epic pizza night featuring both frozen and fresh foods. The Balance Your Plate Program is something that I really believe in. It teaches you that you don’t have to give up the foods you love. You just need to incorporate fresh ingredients to create a meal that is nutritious and delicious.

I would never be able to give up pizza night. Let’s be serious, but as long as I pair the pizza with some quick and easy veggie side dishes, I can feel good about eating a balanced meal. Plus, these two veggie side dish recipes today can be cooked in the same amount of time it takes for the pizza to cook in the oven!

Let’s talk about the new CPK Frozen Chicken Fajita-Style Pizza. Not only is the flavor fantastic, but it’s made with organic tomatoes and chicken, and you can really taste the quality in the ingredients! The crispy preservative-free crust has just the right amount of crunch, and the fajita sauce and cheese have such a complimentary flavor.

The best thing about this meal is that it takes you on a flavor journey without ever leaving your home, which is my kind of trip! The flavors of the pizza and the sides take you to where the inspiration for the pizza comes from, and you can really taste it with every bite.

We all try to eat better and incorporate more veggies into our diets, but sometimes we need a little inspiration. This is why I created these side recipes that are so quick and easy that anyone can make them in the same amount of time that it takes the pizza to cook. These recipes will elevate your pizza night and help balance your plate so you can feel good about eating your favorite frozen foods.

 

Corn Salad & Jicama Slaw

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: corn salad, jicama, pizza night
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Author: Bobby Parrish

Charred corn salad with crunchy jicama slaw.

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Ingredients

For the corn salad:

  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ a red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Avocado or grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt & black pepper

For the jicama slaw:

  • ½ a medium size Jicama
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 cup red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas or almond
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt & black pepper

Instructions

  1. For the corn salad, pre-heat a medium size non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil along with the corn, cook for 4 minutes, stirring often. Once the corn has charred a bit, lower the heat to medium and add the red onions, garlic, bell pepper, black beans, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a couple cracks of pepper, mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and then turn the heat off. Add the cilantro, lime juice, mix well and check for seasoning. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.
  2. For the jicama slaw, peel the jicama and use a mandoline to cut it into matchstick thin pieces and add to a large bowl. If you don’t have a mandoline you can grate the jicama or slice into thick strips. Peel and grate the carrot directly into the bowl with the jicama and add the red cabbage and pepitas. Slice the skin off the orange and cut the segments of fruit directly into the bowl. Make the dressing by adding the lemon juice, honey, chili powder, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Add the olive oil while whisking vigorously, adding enough oil to thicken the dressing. Check for seasoning and add adjust if needed. Dress the slaw with enough dressing to coat along with ¼ teaspoon salt and a couple cracks of pepper, mix well and serve.

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1 thought on “Pizza Night with Nutritious Sides”

  1. Tried the corn salad recipe , came out brilliant. A little modification of using mint leaves instead of cilantro ……and woah that gave it such a freshness to the whole salad .

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