Who needs pizza delivery on speed dial, when you have this super-simple recipe at hand! Not only will you save calories and fat grams, but you’ll add fiber and nutrition to this soccer night staple. Pick and choose your favorite toppings from the list, below, but be sure to include a healthy dose from each topping category, in order to achieve a nutritional balance with your meal. Have the kids pitch in, and dinner will be served before the delivery guy can start his car!
1 12” prepared whole wheat pizza crust (choose one with at least 5 gm protein per serving)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste (not sauce)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon dried basil (fresh is fine, too)!
Dash sea salt
Meat toppings: Choose up to one cup
Turkey sausage patties, cooked per package directions and crumbled
Lean hamburger, fried, drained, rinsed in hot water, patted dry
Veggie toppings: Choose up to 1-½ cups
Sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned, drained & rinsed)
Chopped bell pepper, any color
Thinly sliced Roma tomato
Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Canned artichokes, drained & rinsed
Pineapple chunks (unsweetened), drained
Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated/ground
Organic Italian shredded cheese blend
In a small bowl, mix tomato paste with spices and garlic. Spread over pizza crust, all the way to the edges. Dust with parmesan/Romano cheese. Top with meat(s), then veggie(s) of choice. Be sure to use the full servings, as outlined above. Top with approximately ½ cup of shredded Italian cheese blend.
Bake according to crust package directions, until cheese is melted and begins to bubble, approximately 10 minutes. Cut into six slices. Serves three (two slices each). Recipe easily doubles. Counts as fast carb (crust and cheeses), slow carb (veggies) and protein (meat).
Enjoy with unlimited garden salad with low-fat organic dressing.