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Eat Two of These WHOLE Pizzas for Less than 250 Calories! (Recipe)

It's Friday! Woo-hoo! If you're like me, Fridays brings back memories of pizza parties and sleepovers. I remember as a teenager when I thought eating anything with fat was a bad thing (this is called fat phobia and many of us who were around in the '90's had it thanks to the marketing of fat-free everything), I thought that the only way to make pizza healthier was to elimate the fat in it by topping it with fat-free cheese. Yes, there was such a nightmare--a plasticky, flavorless, unmelting mess that was fat-free cheese. It scares me to think about how many pizzas I ate that were topped with loads of the yucky stuff (I made pizzas at home with it, and I kid you not, even Dominos would make you a pizza with fat-free cheese back it the day if you knew to ask for it. Fat-free back then is to what gluten-free is today!).

Now I know I can enjoy a regular piece of pizza with real cheese every now and then as a part of a healthy diet. And sometimes a greasy, over-priced delivery pizza just sounds good, and I am able to limit myself to one or two slices depending on the thickness and size of said slices. However, there are some nights when two slices just won't cut it; when two whole pizzas sound more like it. Thankfully, I have gotten a little more creative when it comes to making a healthier pizza.In fact, this version takes just 10 minutes (that's right-less time than delivery!). Plus, it still has all of the delicious flavors of pizza that you know and love: REAL full-fat, creamy, melty mozzarella cheese, aromatic Italian herbs, fun toppings, bright, tangy marinara sauce, and a hearty "crust." The best part is that thanks to this "crust," you can eat TWO of these bad boys, and it will cost you just 220 calories! Plus, they provide 5 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein, a couple of servings of veggies, and are a great source of vitamins A and D as well as calcium. TGFI to that!


Portabella Pizzas:

Ingredients:

2 large portabella caps

4 tablespoons of your favorite marinara sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Italian herb blend (or a sprinkle each of dried oregano and basil), to taste

Toppings of your choice (I like diced bell peppers, diced onion, and sliced black olives. You could also try turkey sausage or pepperoni, Canadian bacon, pineapple, fresh herbs, spinach, sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, grilled chicken strips, etc.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Top each portabella half evenly with marinara sauce, cheese, and toppings. Sprinkle each half with Italian herb blend (or other dried herbs), to taste. Bake until warmed through and cheese has melted (about 10 minutes). Makes 1 serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts per Serving (with peppers, onions, and olives as toppings): 220 calories, 10g fat, 3.5g sat fat, 620mg sodium, 18g carbs, 5g fiber, 15g protein, 30% Daily Value (DV) vitamin A, 90% DV vitamin D, 30% DV calcium, 15% DV iron.

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