Healthy pizza recipes: An oxymoron or reality?

By: Health Local Staff May 08, 2013
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Pizza doesn't have to be filled with fat and calories.

When pizza comes to mind, do you think of two-inch thick crust dripping with grease? What about a healthy pizza that can actually slim your waistline?

Pizza doesn't have to be filled with fat and calories. It can be prepared in a way that is healthy, nutritious and full of flavour. Below are a couple of tasty recipes that will have the entire family yearning for another slice.

Recipe #1 - Barbeque and Cilantro Pizza

For crust:

  • 1 whole grain or whole wheat flour tortilla (for one pizza)
  • Or, 1 whole wheat premade crust rolled out flat

Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite low-cal barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup of low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 3-4 ounces of cooked chicken breast (grilled is best)
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped or sliced red onions
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro (more if wanted)

Cooking:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slide the tortilla pizza onto the pan (non-stick) and put in the oven for about 5 minutes. When the toppings are bubbling and the crust is crisp, take out of the oven and let sit for about 2 to 4 minutes. 

For a crispier crust, place the tortilla into the oven for a few minutes before placing the toppings on. After the tortilla is crisp, load the crust with toppings and slide back into the oven to bake for about 4 minutes or until the toppings are bubbling and the cheese has melted. 

Calorie count: 1 whole pizza on wheat tortilla is 380 calories, 9 grams of fat.

Recipe #2 – Pear, Maple and Lemon Dessert Pizza

For crust:

  • 1 whole grain or whole wheat flour tortilla (for one pizza)
  • Or, 1 whole wheat premade crust rolled out flat

Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons Ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2-3 medium pears thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (freshly squeezed with no seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Layer the toppings on top of the crust or tortilla with the pears layered vertically. You can add more or less syrup and lemon juice, as preferred.

Cooking:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slide the tortilla pizza onto the pan (non-stick) and put in the oven for about 5 minutes. When the toppings are bubbling and the crust is crisp, take out of the oven and let sit for about 2 to 4 minutes. 

For a crispier crust, place the tortilla into the oven for a few minutes before placing the toppings on. After the tortilla is crisp, load the crust with toppings and slide back into the oven to bake for about 4 minutes or until the toppings are bubbling. 

Calorie count: 1 whole pizza on wheat tortilla is 210 calories, 5 grams of fat.

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