Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Clean Eating Pizza

How I love the sound, smell, & taste of that title. I didn't want to wait to test out a new recipe & since I had to go to the grocery store tonight anyway, I decided to go for it. I am not going to make this post terribly long because I still need to get my cardio in for the night. :)

This weekend I went back & looked through several of my Clean Eating magazines. Now that I have a fresh, open mind, I figured that recipes that I may have passed up before might sound appealing now. I was right. I like the way that sentence sounded so I will say it again...I was right. Tonight's menu - Pizza per Uno with Garlic, Spinach, & Fresh Mozzarella. YUM!

Based on the nutritional information in the magazine, I could afford two pizzas & still have room for my snack this evening so I was more than excited. There is something about the words "clean eating" that keeps my children from getting excited. In fact, they make an automatic assumption that they will HATE it. I am sure that there are many of you that are agreeing with them right now. I am here & I hope that you will continue to follow along with me while we take a journey to find delicious clean foods. Just because it is good for you doesn't mean that it has to be nasty.

Apparently, the recipe in the magazine used a different whole-wheat pita than I used. I didn't have the magazine with me at the store & made a major mistake here. I chose the healthiest one that I found, but I thought that the serving size was 1 pita, it wasn't. It is a 1/2 of a pita. Really? A half!? So, thank goodness I didn't eat two or I would be working out until the morning. As I expected, the kids decided that they wouldn't like it & were pleased that I considered a back up option for them. So with that in mind, I was able to persuade them to taste it. They are glad that they did.....

Since I was making two, I decided to try out two toppings. If you look closely, you will notice just a few pieces of pepperoni in the first photo. (This was how I persuaded the kids to try it) Next time, no pepperoni. Ha! The second photo was mushrooms. Everything else was the same.

I was extremely impressed with this dish, the ease, the fresh, healthy ingredients, it only took 8 minutes in the oven, & we all loved it. Success!!! This will become a regular weekly dinner. At least until we find more yummy clean eating recipes. You can find this recipe in the Clean Eating - January 2011 issue.

Recipe makes 2 pizzas

1/2 natural salt-free tomato sauce
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (I left these out)
2-3 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 whole-wheat, sprouted wheat or gluten-free pitas
1 cup spinach or other winter greens
2oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
2tbsp minced basil

1. Preheat over to 400.
2. Mix sauce, red pepper flakes, & minced garlic together in a bowl & then divide sauce evenly on the two pitas.
3. Sprinkle the spinach, place any other healthy toppings & then arrange mozzarella rounds on top.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Again, my pita could have been much healthier so my nutritional information will improve next time. But it is still good & I am still well within my daily allotment of calories.

Information for 1 pizza -

Calories - 312
Fat - 6g
Protein - 13
Fiber - 4.1
Carbs - 50.6

I am looking forward to tomorrow's Banana Coconut Ice Cream. If you would like to be sure that you don't miss out on a post, you can subscribe in the top right corner to have each post emailed directly to you as soon as I post it!

Have a great evening, don't snack too late, & get enough rest.


Unknown said...

I often make similar pizzas. Try roasting in the oven a few winter veggies, such as squash, onions, zucchini and so on, then adding to the pizza and add your favorite cheese or even greek yogurt. YUMMY

Unknown said...

Thanks Sofia! I will certainly have to try your ideas. I'm pretty sure that I am going to be eating pizza a few nights a week. :)