Healthified pizza – pita pizza!
This recipe was a staple of mine during my Masters degree in Social Work….I had just moved out of my parents house, was swamped with papers and barely had time to sleep, let alone eat… so you can imagine how much time I had available for cooking (ya… none!)Luckily one of my besties, who had been living off pita pizzas at the time, introduced me to this cost-effective, health-conscious meal – an absolute necessity for a broke college student like myself.
I mean how yummy does this look and don’t even get me started on how much cheaper it is than take out or even frozen pizza… and, obviously, how infinitely healthier it is.
After one bite, I was obsessed. It was so easy, so fast and sooooo yummy. It became my go-to dinner almost instantly and I found myself eating pita pizzas at least 3 times a week (sometimes 7… don’t judge me).
As if this quick and healthy meal couldn’t get any better, this pita pizza is also unbelievably versatile – you can add any toppings you would normally put on a pizza. The ingredients listed below reflect my love (lovelovelove) for veggie-smothered pizzas and also highly influenced by what I had in the fridge during pizza assembly time.
In place of tomato sauce I’ve also made this with no sauce, olive oil or pesto (even hummus!), sometimes, If I have time, I’ll even pre grill the veggies or cook them up in some olive oil. Ive added every veggie in the book, in every possible combination and have never (I mean never) been disappointed.
Ingredients (what I used tonight, but you can use any toppings you like, or have on hand)
- whole wheat pita
- no salt added canned tomato sauce (you could also use your leftover Healthified basic tomato sauce )
- tomato, sliced
- avocado, sliced
- red onion, sliced
- 3 cheese blend (skim)
- sprinkle of dried basil
1) Pre-heat oven to 350F
2) assemble pizza as desired (except the cheese – we’ll add that later)
3) bake in oven for 5-6 minutes to get the veggies nice and warm
4) remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese (if using) and bake for additional 5 minutes
5) lastly broil for 1-2 minutes (checking often to prevent burning) to brown the cheese a bit (if you like it like that!)
So while I may not make this 3 times a week anymore (just getting over withdrawal symptoms) I bring it out every so often when I’m craving that pizza taste without the pizza waist!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite pizza topping combinations are!