{Roasted Root Vegetables & Baked Halibut Filets – a complete meal baked together in the oven for 30min}

Ana’s Roasted Root Vegetables Summary:  This recipe requires some extra prepping (lots of peeling and chopping is involved) so an extra hand is welcome.  Besides that, it requires little active time. Just leave in the oven unattended for 30 minutes (remember … Continue reading

{Farfalle e Limone Insalata: a lemon infused warm pasta salad}

Summary: My love for lemons. I love using lemon juice and zest along with fresh herbs in my recipes. Why? Because it’s a great way of boosting flavor and nutrition without having to use heavy ingredients like butter. Lemon juice … Continue reading

{Appetizer, Brunch or Light dinner: Potato, Spinach & Caramelized Onion Frittata}

{Appetizer, Brunch or Light dinner: Potato, Spinach & Caramelized Onion Frittata}

Summary:  This is a dish you will need to watch throughout the entire cooking process, however it only takes 20 min if you are a multi-tasker like me. I love frittatas. Ironically I rarely eat them as breakfast, for me … Continue reading

{A Creamy Tomato-Basil and Stuffed Ravioli Soup}

Summary: Don’t you love ordering those creamy pasta dishes at italian restaurants? Well, I do…However most of them are more than 1000 calories each, packed with butter and heavy cream…and as a result they are very very heavy and caloric. … Continue reading

{An apology, an explanation, and a comforting Soup Recipe}

I would like to begin this post by apologizing for the lack of recent posts. I’ve had the “bad luck” of having two consecutive health related issues that led to my hospitalization this past week. Thanks to my healthy diet … Continue reading

{Experimenting with Eggplant: an Italian inspired vegetarian sandwich}

Summary: I had never successfully cooked eggplant before. I’ve always been drawn to this vegetable due to its lovely color, shiny cover and peculiar shape. Besides its appearance it also has a meaty attribute which makes it a perfect vegetarian/vegan … Continue reading

{5 min. Pesto Caprese Pizza}

Summary:

Craving greasy takeout pizza for lunch? Here is a quick alternative. Use whole wheat pita or flatbread as the dough. Spread sauce and top with your favorite vegetables. I used my favorite italian ingredients: fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto. I was surprised to find out the nutrition facts about fresh mozzarella. According to “The Everything Family Nutrition Book,” mozzarella cheese can be a smarter choice than soft cheeses, such as Brie, and rich hard cheeses, such as cheddar, because mozzarella tends to contain fewer calories and less saturated fat. It is also a good source of protein. For more information check out the Livestrong website. Moreover, this yummy home made pizza is cooked in 5 min! Lunch in 5 min! Who can beat that? Plus it’s very tasty….the melted cheese, the hints of basil and garlic, the tomatoes….yum yum yum….Hope you get to try this quick and easy healthier italian recipe!

Ingredients:

1 whole wheat pita slice

4 tomato slices

2 fresh mozzarella slices

1/4 cup of chopped fresh spinach or basil

Healthy Vegan Pesto (click for my recipe)

Directions:

1- Preheat oven at 425 degrees on “bake”.

2- Chop 4 tomato slices. Take 2 slices of mozzarella cheese and slice them again to make 4 slices (this will help save some calories).

3- Take a whole grain pita as the pizza dough. Spread some vegan pesto. Layer with the tomatoes then with the fresh cheese.


4- Chop up some spinach and 1-2 basil leaves. Sprinkle them on top of the pizza. Don’t worry if it looks kind of messy, after baking the pizza the spinach will reduce in size and the mozzarella pieces will melt together.


5- Place the pizza in a cookie sheet/baking pan and bake for 5 min. Like crispy pizza? Bake for a total of 7-8 min.


NOTE: The amount of calories largely depends on the pita you use. I made my pizza with a 150 cal. pita slice and the whole yummy pizza ended being around  less than 300 cal.! So this is very reasonable for a light lunch or dinner. This also makes a great appetizer for any party.

Have you experimented with other pita pizzas? Please comment below!

{Healthy Vegan Pesto}

Summary: Regular pesto usually contains a high amount of fat. Most are made with butter and lots and lots of cheese. So there are a couple of reasonable and tasty substitutions that can be made in order to reduce the … Continue reading