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Pizza, it’s simple, healthy and delicious! What?!

June 20, 2011


Almost everyone likes pizza. Just the word alone can put a smile on your face. But, pizza isn’t exactly a silver bullet to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At least not the way we are most common to enjoying it today. We have lots of unhealthy options available today including the deep dish, meat-lovers or ham and sausage with cheese-stuffed crust. Incidentally, it turns out about 252 million pounds of pepperoni is consumed on pizzas each year. Well, pizza wasn’t always made this way. In fact, Naples, Italy introduced pizza to the world in the early 1700’s and it was simply dough and tomato sauce – no cheese or meat. Cheese wasn’t added to pizza until 1889.

We often enjoy pizza in our family, but as you’d expect it’s quite a bit different than what you would find on the menu at your local pizzeria. It’s basic, healthy and delicious. The more vegetables we can pile on the better. You could call it a blast from the past. Enjoy!

Recipe:
1 jar of your favorite pizza or pasta sauce
Choice of any/all of the following:
Sliced onions
Sliced mushrooms
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced bell pepper, red, yellow or green
Sliced black olives

GF pizza crust, GF English muffins, or brown rice tortillas
Seasonings: red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, nutritional yeast, and/or fresh basil, chopped.

Directions:
Heat oven to 425F. If using a pre-made crust, follow directions on package. Spread a thin layer of sauce over the crust, reaching the edges. Sprinkle desired seasonings over the sauce. Layer with sliced vegetables. Place pizzas on a baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until done. Remove from oven and serve hot.

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