Two weeks ago, I had a slice of Costco pizza for the first time in about 4 months. And that’s only because someone was treating and I was too shy to order something else. :) Believe it or not, since I started being mindful of what I eat, I survived several weeks and birthday parties without eating a single slice of pizza (and fried chicken!). Talk about willpower and discipline! *pats self on the back*
I had a eureka moment, however, while I was watching an episode of Dr. Oz several weeks back. There was this lady who lost a lot of weight yet continued to enjoy her favorite food, pizza. She substituted pizza dough with whole wheat tortillas and used fresh ingredients. Smart, ey?!
Taking a cue from that lady, my family started enjoying semi-homemade guiltless pizzas. Instead of whole wheat tortillas, however, I use whole wheat flatbreads. Flatbreads are a tad thinner than tortillas, which is perfect if you love thin-crust pizzas anyway. If you prefer pan over thin-crust pizzas, then (whole wheat) tortillas might be a better option for you.
For the pizzas on this entry, I used the Newman’s Own Sockarooni Sauce I received as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.
Here’s the recipe good for 2 servings each of Cheese and Veggie Pizza:
Ingredients for Cheese Pizza:
1 cups Newman’s Own Sockarooni Sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese (or low fat cheese)
Ingredients for Veggie Pizza:
1 cup Newman’s Own Sockarooni Sauce
½ – 1 cup mozzarella cheese (or low fat cheese)
1 cup assorted vegetables (red and yellow bell peppers, sautéed onions, mushrooms)
1. Cover oven rack with aluminum foil. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2. Cook flatbreads directly on oven racks for 7 minutes.
3. Remove flatbreads from oven and place on a cookie sheet.
4. Top flatbreads with sauce and cheese and vegetable toppings (for veggie pizzas).
5. Cook for another 5 minutes in the oven, directly on the oven rack or with the cookie sheet. Serve immediately.
There are endless options for toppings and you can even do these ahead of time, freeze and just re-heat later on in the oven.
You can have pizza night and involve the whole family in the preparation and assemble of the pizzas. I bet the kids are going to love making their own pizzas! Of course, you should involve them in the clean-up, too! That shouldn’t be too hard specially when you have a spray disinfectant. :)
Have a great weekend, y’all! Cheers!