WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA…MAKE IT GREAT!

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Pizza…it always sounds like a winner!  Take your nutrition up a notch by making a whole wheat crust, and packing your pizza full of delicious, wholesome ingredients & flavor…and only a little cheese!

Start with my mom’s old favorite…homemade pizza crust recipe:

 

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2730843&ff=1

20140428_154148 20140428_155054 20140428_160501Next, as your crust is rising, and smelling so yummy (let it rest for 5 minutes, and THEN spread it on your pan or cooking stone), saute your veggies for flavor, tenderness, and easy cook-ability.

Use an orgreenic pan, or one that doesn’t need oil.  Start with your diced onion, or two, and add garlic, a little water, and only 1 tsp. of olive oil.  Once that onion is soft and just starting to caramelize (it will yellow and sweeten), then add in one whole sliced zucchini, once it has softened, add your green & red peppers (I had to use pepper flakes).  In the final minute, add a cup of baby kale or spinach to wilt.  Feel free to add ANY other veggies you have on hand.  Once softened, add salt & pepper, and remove from heat.

20140428_154821While your veggies are cooling a bit, add a cup of pizza or pasta sauce  on your crust (keep it low cal/low sugar), and then add tomatoes (I had to use canned) and 2 T. of chia seeds.

20140428_161037Spread all of your veggies evenly, and top with a 1/2 cup of part-skim mozzarella cheese, and any other flavors…cracked pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, etc.

Bake according to the recipe, and enjoy!

This pizza ended up being about 200 calories a slice, with all of these low calorie toppings (Per 1/8th pizza).  Two slices of this and a side of steamed edamame made for a DELISH DINNER!  Be creative and use what you have on hand… but use this opportunity to make your veggies taste sooooo good!

-Melissa

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