Skinny Pizza Recipes that are Fat on Flavor and Nutrition

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/14/2011 5:00 PM   :  10 comments   :  17,465 Views

Pull a pizza out of the oven and watch the room fill with smiling faces. Even though pizza can be a calorie buster, there are a some simple techniques to turn that morning-after frown upside down. First, substitute high carbohydrate pizza crust with thin, whole wheat or alternative crust options like tortillas or pita breads that also have higher levels of protein and fiber. Second, try making your own sauce to avoid preservatives and hidden ingredients. Third, let your creative side take over, using healthy ingredients, spices or produce from other cultures and cuisines, such as Thai peanut sauce or Mexican spices and vegetarian refried beans. Fourth, pile it high with fresh and colorful vegetables, favoring greens over cheese, and giving preference to lean meats like chicken breast, ground turkey, or turkey sausage. Finally, try the grill instead of the oven. Brush on some olive oil and place it over direct heat. Brush the exposed side with olive oil and flip over. Add your favorite healthy toppings and watch your family and guests line up for a slice.


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Comments

  • 10
    N thanks i will just stick to my regular pizza
    and just cut back on the portion size. - 9/16/2011   6:24:01 PM
  • 9
    Follow these steps to save any of these recipes in your SparkRecipes box. (1) Click on the Recipe. (2) Sign into SparkRecipes (3) Click Save. That recipe will than appear in your favorites. Send a SparkMail to samantha_sp for any other questions. - 9/15/2011   3:59:49 PM
  • 8
    Hormel makes a pretty good turkey pepperoni. We're going to be making pizzas tomorrow. I'm excited to incorporate some of these ideas! - 9/15/2011   2:34:28 PM
  • 7
    the grilled pizza sounds amazing. - 9/15/2011   11:11:53 AM
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    6
    how do i save the recipe do you have a recipe box - 9/15/2011   10:51:27 AM
  • 5
    I've made a Pizza Caprese. Take a flour tortilla and brush with a little olive oil. Top with sliced tomatoes, Italian seasoning and shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese. Heat until the cheese melts. I use my toaster oven which is the perfect size. A quick pizza with none of the guilt. - 9/15/2011   8:10:16 AM
  • 4
    The turkey pepperoni is yummy but pizza is a treat once every other month. - 9/15/2011   3:24:52 AM
  • 3
    Don't forget about Turkey Pepperoni! Yummy! - 9/14/2011   11:28:11 PM
  • 2
    We like pepperoni but it tends to melt out a lot of fat onto our tortilla pizzas. I now place the pepperoni slices in a single layer between paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The time depends upon how quickly your microwave will render out the fat. Don't goo too long or the pepperoni will be little cardboard pieces.

    You'll be happy to get your pepperoni and not have the usual fat.

    We use the high fiber tortillas. I dock the tortilla (prick it with a fork) and then bake it until it gets hard but not too browned. On the side the sauce goes, I spray a very light coat of olive oil. It helps keep the thin crust from getting soggy via transfer of moisture from the sauce to the crust.

    Then I out on a decent pasta sauce or salsa if making Southwest style pizza. Pop the toppings on. I do weigh the cheese so I can control the amount that goes on.

    Then the pizzas get popped into the Bernatellos pizza oven until lightly browned on top. Yum.

    Fast and easy. Plus the high fiber tortillas help you get your daily fiber dosage. They don't crisp as easily as a typical flour tortilla. Even a typical flour tortilla is reasonable calorically.

    I have used corn tortillas and crisp them similarly prior to use. The only thing is that the corn tortilla flavor doesn't marry well with pasta sauce. Obviously, it's pretty good for Southwest or Tex Mex style pizza. - 9/14/2011   10:31:25 PM
  • 1
    I can't think of any offhand as usually its a store-bought one but i have tried the vegetarian ones and I don't mind them. But I think for me personally the solution is to make it a once in a while treat rather than a staple. - 9/14/2011   9:37:15 PM

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