There are days when we don’t feel like cooking or just don’t have the time to prepare a meal. So instead of dining out or ordering in, here’s an easy and quick pizza recipe that can offer the perfect budget-friendly solution. And if you have kids, it’s also a great way to get them involved in the kitchen by having them add their own healthy toppings.
I know you’re probably thinking how can pizza be healthy? Well, I agree that store-bought pizza can be quite unhealthy. The crust is most likely made from refined flours and it probably contains additives and preservatives. The sauce is probably high in sodium and may contain high fructose corn syrup; a man-made sugar that is much sweeter than table sugar, cheaper to produce, and harmful to our health. The pepperoni and other meats they use are probably loaded with nitrates, colorings and other junk ingredients that we don’t want or need in our bodies. And to top it off, the cheese may be processed, high in calories, and offer little nutrition.
However, the homemade variety can be quite nutritious when you make the right substitutions.
Servings: 2 individual pizzas
Serving size: 6” diameter (20 g)
Amounts Per Serving:
Calories: 83 Cals
Fat: 3.5 g
Saturated fat: 1.6 grams
Carbs: 9 g
Fiber: 1.7 g
Sugar: 1.5 g
(Makes 2 small round pizzas)
1 small whole wheat pita bread, separated
2 Tbsp tomato sauce (you can also use sundried tomato paste)
¼ small onion, sliced thin
2 Tbsp green peppers, diced
2 Tbsp olives, sliced
2 Tbsp mushrooms, sliced
¼ C low fat shredded mozzarella cheese (or your preference)
¼ tsp dry oregano
¼ tsp dry basil (you can also use fresh basil)
Salt & pepper to taste (optional)
Tip: To make it a more balanced meal, you can add some more protein by adding diced organic turkey or chicken breast if you have any on hand.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (~205 degrees Celsius).
2. Prepare the sauce by seasoning it with oregano, basil, salt & pepper to taste.
3. Place the whole wheat pita breads on a baking sheet with the inside facing up. Spread the sauce on the bread until it is evenly covered. Add the desired toppings and top with a sprinkle of cheese.
4. Bake pizza in preheated oven for approximately 5-8 minutes, or until cheese and crust are golden brown.
Note: Keep an eye on the crust as it is very thin and will bake very quickly. You may need to adjust the temperature accordingly or use the broil setting instead.
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