Healthy Pizza – Is it Possible?

I read an article about pizza in a recent issue of Cooking Light. It is common knowledge that Americans love pizza. But did you know we eat 100 acres of pizza a DAY?! And the calories in a slice of pizza can add up real quick!

My solution? We make our own pizza! Making your own pizza is easy, fun and lets you control the ingredients, fat and calories.

We buy fresh, whole wheat pizza dough at Trader Joe’s which is a lot cheaper than the pre baked crusts like Bobboli and tastes better, too. You can also make your own if you can’t find it at your store.

Some of our favorite healthy pizza toppings:
Chicken Italian Sausage (we add sauteed onions and red bell peppers and fresh basil)
Shrimp. We like to add spinach and goat cheese. Goat cheese adds a lot of flavor for fewer calories.
Go meatless. One of my favorite flavor combinations is fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. And it works great on pizza. We have found the trick to avoid a soggy Caprese pizza is to slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and then layer them between paper towels to absorb some of the moisture. And don’t add the basil until the pizza is done cooking so it is nice and fresh.

Last night we tried a new pizza recipe. We had some dough in the freezer, along with a pound of ground beef and some lite mozzarella. I remembered this recipe I found in Real Simple awhile back and thought it would be a good way to use what we have on hand for a meal. Check out Broccoli Rabe and Beef Flat Bread.

I made some changes, using whole wheat dough, added garlic, used broccolini tips, lite mozzarella and some Parmesan cheese.

Be sure to drain the beef well!

The verdict? Good, but needed some sort of a sauce – it was a little dry. We both agreed it would be good with a variety of sauces. A white, alfredo-type sauce would be good, or it could even go an Asian pizza route. We will have to tinker with this recipe. We never use ground beef as a pizza topping and it worked well. You don’t need much, which saved calories and costs. I reserved 2/3 of the browned beef for stuffed bell peppers tomorrow night.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?


One thought on “Healthy Pizza – Is it Possible?

  1. […] out what we have. I wound up being able to use that 1 pound of beef for 3 meals. First it went on a pizza, then some of it was mixed into stuffed bell peppers, and finally some tacos for lunch. Plan Like […]

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