As the UK bank holiday comes to an end, I thought I would share with you my simple recipe for a healthy pizza (yes, you read the right!) which packs in the flavour without piling on the pounds.
Bank holiday is notoriously a time to kick back and relax, eat out with friends, eat in with loved ones and enjoy copious amounts of cider in the sun. This year, I wanted to celebrate the long weekend without letting my new healthy diet slip in the process. Takeaway pizza is a favourite in this household, but with over 200 calories (Kcal) in a Dominos dipping sauce alone, and at least 800 Kcal in half a regular 12 inch pizza (yup, your read that right!), there was NO WAY we would be treating ourselves to this little slice wrongness.
Firstly, a note about the base. I love pizza dough and bread is one of my favourite foods. I wanted a base which would re-create that lovely doughy crunch without being high in the carb-content. Warburtons have produced a new ‘square wrap’ made from 50% white flour and 50% wholegrain (or half and half as they like to call it), which proved to be the ideal base. And at only 121 Kcal per wrap, I really couldn’t complain.
Firstly I roasted some veg in a little olive oil and a sprinkling of salt until crisp and tender. You can use whatever takes your fancy, and this is a great way to use up leftovers at the end of the week. For this pizza I used peppers, onions, beetroot and mushrooms.
Once they were cooked, I spread some tomato puree onto the base, then layered fresh slices of tomato, then piled the roasted vegetables. Finally, I crumbled a small amount of cheese over the top. My top tip is to use a strong blue cheese such as Stilton. You will only need a very small amount to get that lovely cheesy flavour WITHOUT adding all the fat. Of course, you can always add your favourite meat as well if you wish.
I baked the pizzas in a medium oven for about 15 minutes until the base was crispy and the cheese had melted.
Portion wise, half a slice was ideal for me, with a lovely fresh green salad on the size. Mr O had a whole slice. And at approximately 252 Kcal for half a slice (worked out using my best friend MyFitnessPal) this is a tasty and satisfying treat for any day of the week!