Unbelievably Healthy Pizzas
Pizza has a bad rap when it comes to health. Sure, there are lots of things wrong with many pizzas. Loaded with cheese and fatty meats, just a few slices can put you over your calories for the day.
But it’s soooo good.
I know I get a bit bored with all the healthy choices, and just want to sink my teeth into a piece of pizza. But how to satisfy the craving and not derail my determination to eat healthy?
Then I came across an article with not just one but 10 healthy pizza options. I was intrigued.
As can be expected, several of them swapped chicken for other meats. But the ingredients the chicken was paired with showed some imagination and creativity, resulting in some interesting pizzas that I’m ready to try.
One chicken pizza uses picante sauce to spice it up. Another piles on the tomatoes and basil for a Mediterranean twist. The third borrows from Casear salads to concoct a unique flavor.
Then things really get interesting. Sausage, peppers and chickpeas unite in one creative pie. Other interesting combinations include spinach and goat cheese, broccoli and smoked mozzarella, and veggies with arugula pesto.
The two that look most tempting are:
Maple Walnut Pizza with Chicken Sausage
When you need to satisfy that sausage craving, opt for the chicken variety over porkto cut calories and fat. And make sure your cheese doesn’t have less than 33 percent fat to avoid a rubbery texture and get that oh-so-gooey one.
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 16-ounce ball whole-wheat pizza dough
1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion
4 ounces sharp white cheddar (about 1 cup)
5 fully cooked breakfast-style chicken sausage links (such as Aidells), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 cups loosely packed field greens
Place an oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Brush a rimmed baking sheet with 2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll out dough to size of prepared baking sheet and transfer to sheet.
Brush remaining oil on dough and scatter onion, cheddar, sausage and walnuts over it.
Bake pizza until bottom is crisp and starting to brown and cheese is melted and bubbling, 13 to 17 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with field greens.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 386 cal., 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 649 mg sodium, 42 g carb. (4 g fiber), 16 g pro.
Because who are we to deny you bacon? Pair it with fresh strawberries for a sweet-and-savory combo you’ll fall for fast.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
5 slices bacon
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 4.4 – ounces whole-grain naan (such as Stonefire) or one 12-inch whole wheat pizza crust
3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups baby arugula or baby spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees if using naan or 450 degrees if using pizza crust. Lay bacon in a small skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Let cool slightly, then crumble.
Meanwhile, bring vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat in a small nonstick saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Return to heat and simmer 3 minutes more; set aside.
Top naan or pizza crust with goat cheese, strawberries and bacon. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top pizza with arugula or spinach and, if desired, basil; drizzle with 2 tablespoons balsamic sauce.
Servings Per Recipe: 4
PER SERVING: 357 cal., 16 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 757 mg sodium, 39 g carb. (5 g fiber), 14 g pro.
For more healthy pizza recipes, check out the full article here.