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!
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)
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!