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Kitchen Adventures: A healthy pizza that actually tastes good too

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

After last week’s bacon-wrapped treat that was yummy but totally unhealthy, this adventure is more on the healthy side.

Often, when a recipe says it is “fit and tasty,” I find it’s neither. Usually, when something is labeled as “fit,” you have to give up some of the taste, and if it’s labeled “tasty,” it really isn’t all that fit.

But, if the recipe is correct on the calorie count, this one is both.

What makes this pizza great is fresh ingredients and using other ingredients in moderation.

Typically, if you’re like me, pizza is best smothered in sauce and cheese. After making this recipe, I found the suggested amounts are just enough.

I added fresh sliced mushrooms to one pizza and green onions to another. I also added chopped fresh basil to both. I add fresh basil to pretty much any pizza or Italian dish because it’s one of my favorite flavors. It’s also easy to grow in a pot on the patio during summer to have on hand for cooking.

If tomatoes had been on hand, I would have chopped some of them to add as well. Really, any vegetables could be added to the pizza and still maintain a healthy dish. With gardens coming into season, the vegetable topping options are limitless. It’s all according to your taste.

I confess I did not use turkey pepperoni mainly because I don’t care for the taste of turkey-substitute products. So the calorie count on the ones I made could be a bit higher. No offense to turkeys, but I like the real stuff.

Near the end of the recipe, it also says to spray the top of the pizzas with cooking spray. I didn’t do that. It just sounded weird.

I also didn’t have olive oil cooking spray, so I simply brushed the tortillas with olive oil and it worked just fine.

The end result was a crispy, thin-crust pizza loaded with flavor. Hopefully, after I added the extra toppings to it, it was not also loaded with extra calories.

It looked and tasted like pizzas you’d find at a high-priced restaurant with a low price made at home.

Serve with a fresh salad and you’ve got a quick and easy meal with lots of style, great taste and few calories.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

 

Fit & Tasty Pizza

(Makes 2 pizzas, approximately 200-250 calories per serving)
1 small wrap (whole wheat tortilla or flat bread)
3 tablespoons of pizza or marinara sauce
1 stick (or 1/4 cup) mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dry oregano
5 slices of turkey pepperoni or meat and or vegetables of your choosing (optional)
Extra-virgin olive oil cooking spray (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the wrap with cooking spray and place on cookie sheet. Toast the wrap bread before creating your pizza. Toast until wrap is crisp but not brown.

Spread pizza sauce evenly on bread and top with fresh garlic. Add cheese, meat, vegetables and oregano. Spray top with cooking spray.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

Recipe from the Dr. Oz website