{5 de MaYo: Mexican recipes roundup}

Healthy, Happy & Whole’s Mexican food obsession: So by now you’ve probably noticed how we loveeeee Mexican food…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Well first of all it’s so visually appealing. Home cooked mexican can be … Continue reading

{A no fuss, no carb lunch or dinner: A Greek Style Quinoa Salad}

  Summary: I love quinoa. It tastes like rice but it’s not a carb. It’s a great source of protein. Now I’ve written about all of its powerful benefits before so I won’t babble about it. I’ll just say this … 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

{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!

{Greek Hummus Canapés}

Summary: This is a simple appetizer recipe that looks stunning without being too much of a hassle. You can use store bought hummus and adjust for seasoning but personally I love making home made hummus. It’s simple and your guests … Continue reading

{Couscous Patties with Radish & Chia Salad}

Couscous Patties Summary: This couscous is multi-purpose. I love to make the couscous a day before and serve it with fish or any other protein. Then, like always…I love getting creative with the leftovers so…I decided to turn them into patties. … Continue reading

{Mexican Lunch for 2 – Gone Healthy}

Mexican food lunches and dinners are my weekday life-savers. I usually keep a can of Rosaritas Vegetarian Refried Beans in my pantry along with some tacos or whole wheat tortillas. These can become the base to many of my weekday … Continue reading

{Guacamole & Red Veggie Salsa}

{Guacamole & Red Veggie Salsa}

Summary: I love Mexican food. When done right, it can actually be very healthy. And for vegetarians it’s a great way of cooking with flavors. These sides also make great appetizers. My friends love my guacamole recipe. Serve it while … Continue reading