Monday, April 8, 2013

345 Calorie Pizza

Pizza! My favorite treat! Unfortunately, it is not the healthiest of meals. Here's a recipe that will definitely cure your craving for that slice of tomato-y goodness. Pre-heat oven to 350. For the red sauce: 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1/4 cup of tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Combine and simmer on low-medium until bubbly. Stir frequently. You'll want it to be a little thick, so add a teensy bit of tomato paste to thicken if you need to. I actually went ahead and poured the whole can of tomato sauce and tomato paste in a pot and saved the leftovers for the next time I want to make this recipe. Spread on one whole wheat pita. Top with 2 tablespoons of roasted red pepper and artichoke tapenade (bottled, mine is from Trader Joe's), spinach (about a cup), chopped red peppers (about half a cup), 1 ounce of fat free feta crumbles, and 1/8 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella. Because we're trying to be healthy here, it's not a lot of cheese, but if you spread it out evenly, it does just fine. Bake at 350 on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pita crust is crunchy. You definitely don't want to burn the pita, but you do want it crunchy. There's no need to grease the sheet or the pita. When done, cut into 4 slices and enjoy! This is such a refreshing, non-greasy version of pizza. You will get your fix without the guilt! If you want to add meat, choose something lean like chicken or ground turkey. Add it to the pizza fully cooked and bake as directions above state. But don't forget to count those extra calories! I think it would be fine to add meat to make this 400 cals. You could also add turkey bacon- that would be pretty tasty, too.

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