Ah, the cheesy deliciousness that is pizza. It’s a guilty pleasure of many people, and often is a diet killer. However, pizza doesn’t need to be unhealthy. Take a look at five healthy pizza recipes that are under 500 calories a serving.
Instead of a calorie-laden sausage supreme pizza, try this light alternative. In a skillet, saute some mushrooms and shallots in cooking spray. Once they are soft, mix in a few cloves of chopped garlic and a dash of chopped thyme. Saute the ingredients for a minute more and remove the pan from the stove.
Bake a pre-made pizza crust according to the instructions. Then, place the skillet mixture over the crust. Put some thin strips of prosciutto over it and sprinkle some fontina cheese. Bake it for a few more minutes, until the cheese melts. Drizzle it with balsamic vinegar.
2. Cheddar Chicken PizzaThis recipe has a lot of flavor loaded into each bite. Bake your pizza crust of choice. Spread some of your favorite barbecue sauce over the crust. Chop up two tomatoes and spread them over the sauce. Take about two cups of roasted chicken and put it on top of the crust. Finish it off with a light layer of cheddar cheese, and bake it at 450 degrees until the cheese melts.
3. Pizza Margherita
Pizza Margherita is a simple, classic dish. Either make your own crust or use the refrigerated store-bought kind. Make the crust thin and bake it at 400 degrees for eight minutes. Brush it with some olive oil. Take a clove of garlic and peel it, then cut it in half. Rub the inside of the clove (the cut portion) along the crust. Using thinly cut plum tomatoes, top the crust. On top of the tomato, place thin slices of fresh mozzarella. The cheese doesn’t need to cover the pizza; there can be gaps. Bake the pizza for a few minutes at 400 degrees until the cheese melts. Sprinkle the top with chopped basil, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
To make up for some of the more unhealthy aspects of pepperoni pizza, this recipe calls for some low-fat ingredients. Get a pre-baked whole wheat pizza crust, preferably a thin one. Spread a simple, yet healthy canned tomato sauce over the crust. Sprinkle some part-skim mozzarella cheese over it. Then, top it with some turkey pepperoni. Bake the pizza at 425 degrees until the cheese is melted.
If you want to make it a healthy meat-lover’s pizza, add some cooked and seasoned ground turkey to the pizza before you bake it.
For a creamy, cheesy, flavorful pizza, this recipe is the way to go. Mix together a cup of part-skim ricotta cheese, a cup of part-skim mozzarella cheese (shredded), and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. On top of a precooked pizza crust, spread the cheese mixture. Sprinkle some chopped basil and chopped shallots over the top. Add chopped spinach and sprinkle some garlic powder and oregano over the pizza. Top the pizza with thinly sliced tomatoes and bake it at 425 for about ten minutes.
If you don’t like spinach, you can substitute it for another vegetable that you do like. The beauty of white pizza is that it can be topped with almost anything and still taste delicious.