Add a Healthy Twist!
We don’t know about you, but the warmer months can often mean an upsurge in late-night drive-thru visits- especially after an under-catered party. Just ass a splash of stirred, not shaken alcohol and you have the perfect fat trap. If you feel a take away craving coming on and don’t trust yourself to resist the post-event munchies, create your own guilt-free fast food before you hit the town. You’ll thank yourself the next morning.
Use thick cut sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A, to cook up a healthy side of low-GI fries. Sweet potatoes not for you? Before cooking, soak thick cut conventional potatoes in water, this will help keep them crisp and will require less oil to cook. Instead of serving with gravy or tomato sauce, serve with vinegar, which has been shown to reduce the glycemic index of foods containing carbohydrates.
When baking pizza, consider using Lebanese flat bread (or pitta bread) as your base, as it contains less fat than conventional pizza bases. Load up the base with low fat cheese and top with a generous serving of your favourite veggies. Don’t want to settle for a meatless pizza? Choose a lean Italian chicken sausage, which is a low fat substitute for the high fat pork varieties that are often added to pizzas.
Use ready made lean meat hamburger steaks or, for the healthiest alternative, make your own with lean minced beef. Cook at a low heat to keep your low fat hamburger steak juicy and tender and consider using a cooking method that eliminates some of the fat content, such as grilling or broiling.
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I love making myself little personal pizzas out of tortillas. If only I could use dough, haha
Oohhh zucchini pizza! Such a good idea. Sounds so good!!
My boyfriend and I love to make mini pizzas as a snack! But he’s a super picky eater. He hates tomatoes and spinach. (And cheese to some extent.) Haha. He certainly gives me challenges as a cook. :P
This pizza speaks to me. It moves me, you could say. See, it tastes like a rich and fattening Alfredo pizza but curiously doesn’t boast the calories or fat. Intrigued? Well, here is the secret:
That’s right. Vegetables. This pizza has managed to incorporate 10 ounces of spinach, 2 cups of…
Looks totally delicious!
Lauren’s Portabella Pizza <3
Around 500cal, but you can use less cheese and steam the mushrooms and tomatoes rather than using olive oil to reduce the calories.
- 1 Multigrain Tortilla Wrap
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 Portabella mushroom
- Fresh spinach
- 6 grape tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove of fresh garlic
- Pepper, garlic powder and salt
Preheat your oven to 450 F.
Quarter your grape tomatoes and slice the portabella mushroom into small squares. Crush a clove of garlic under a knife and mince. Pour 1tbsp of olive oil onto a skillet set on medium heat. Add the tomatoes, mushroom and fresh garlic, as well as a little salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for a few minutes until hot, the mushrooms are throughly saturated and until you can see that the liquid has increased in the skillet. Add garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
On a pizza brick (or pan), place your wrap and cover with shredded cheese and fresh spinach. Add the tomato/mushroom mixture on top, evenly covering the wrap. Finally, sprinkle some shredded cheese over the top.
Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the edges of the tortilla are crispy. Remove from oven and slide it onto a plate, then cut in quarters and eat with a fork or with your hands (if you dare)! It was SO good! :)