Question: How do you get someone who loves pizza and wants to eat it at every meal to eat a healthy version of pizza that you can make in 15 minutes?
Answer: Make whole wheat pita pizzas!
Pita Pizzas are a go-to meal in our house, pretty much every week. I remember when I first suggested the idea of pita pizzas to my husband. It was a couple years ago, and we wanted to make pizza but didn’t have any dough. I suggested using pita bread for the dough, and he looked at me like I was crazy.
“ok… but I’m skeptical,” he said.
I remembered loving pita pizzas as a kid, and so I figured there was no way he wouldn’t like it as well. There’s something about a whole wheat pita that just gives such a great texture and hearty flavor to the pizza crust.
And you can load it up with any toppings you like: tomatoes, peppers, onions, spinach, kale, roasted potatoes, goat cheese, feta, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, butternut squash… I have to stop myself right now because I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
For these pizzas, I chose: tomatoes, yellow peppers, red onion, fresh parmesan. I like to load it up with veggies and then put the cheese on top. It literally takes 15 minutes and you end up with a healthy and filling meal (husband approved of course!)
Makes 4 pizzas
- 4 Whole wheat pita breads (make sure you get one that has ~130 calories and at least 4g fiber per round)
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (you can use up to 1/4 cup per pizza, no more than that!)
- Pizza sauce (I like the kind from Trader Joe’s, but any variety that has no sugar added is good)
Step 1: Warm your pita bread in a toaster oven or in a pan over low heat and chop your veggies
Step 2: Top 1 pita bread with 1-2 Tbsp sauce, and a handful of each of the veggies (use as much as you like – the more veggies, the more fiber and nutrients are on your pizza!) I like to use a ton of veggies.
Step 3: Top with 1/4 cup of cheese, or less depending on how much cheese you like (1/4 cup is about 100 calories)
Step 4: Heat the pizzas in a toaster oven until the cheese melts. Alternatively, if you don’t have a toaster oven, you can heat the pizzas under a broiler at 350 degrees until the cheese melts (or in your regular oven at 350 degrees).
You definitely won’t feel deprived of pizza while eating this wonderful, cheesy, goodness.
The husband was surprised as to how good it was. “I really like this!” was his reaction (almost in spite of himself). That was over two years ago, and we’ve been making this ever since.
Using 1/4 cup of cheese, one pizza is about ~260 calories: 130 from the pita bread, 100 from the cheese, 30 from the sauce. You’ll also end up with about 10g protein, and at least 6g fiber.
And that’s for an ENTIRE pizza. Doesn’t that just make you want to devour this whole plate of deliciousness? Go ahead, take a bite.