Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 25, 2012

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!)

The Ingredients

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)

The Directions

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 ~275 calories. You’ll also end up with about 16g 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.

 

Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 pizza

Calories per serving: 276.5

Fat per serving: 10g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 276.5 Calories, 10g Fat, 975.5mg Sodium, 31.9g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 3.5g Sugar, 16.9g Protein

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. Warm your pita bread in a toaster oven or in a pan over low heat and chop your veggies
  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.
  3. Top with 1/4 cup of cheese, or less depending on how much cheese you like (1/4 cup is about 100 calories)
  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).
http://pickyeaterblog.com/homemade-whole-wheat-pita-pizzas/

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Norman Kay April 26, 2012 at 6:12 am

Great recipe. Tried it at home. Will make it available to my catering clients

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Awesome!! That’s great Norman!

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Scott @ The Healthy Eating Guide April 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

Looks amazing…will add this to the menu for my wife’s bday dinner this weekend!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Aw yay! I hope she loves it and I hope she has a great birthday weekend!

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LePetitBohemian April 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

This looks so easy to make and delicious too! I’ll have to try it this weekend.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thanks so much!! I’m sure you will love it!

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Val @ Tips on Healthy Living April 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

So pretty and colorful! This is a great idea for a quick family dinner — each kid would get to pick their own toppings and then you can pop them all in the oven. Done and done. Also, I love Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough but this seems so nice and easy to pull together.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Val! You are totally right – you could make this into a “pizza bar” and each kid could make their own pizza with a variety of topping options! I love Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough too, but it definitely takes more time to make since you have to roll it out/bake it/etc. Hope you like this when you try it! 🙂

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Bootcamp Altrincham April 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

That pizza looks great. Children tend to like pizza and this is a good way to introduce healthy eating with something they enjoy.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Absolutely! That’s the idea 🙂 And as Val mentioned above, you can get the kids involved when you make these fun pizzas as well!

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STEPHANIE April 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Love the recipe! I plan on making it this weekend. I appreciate your healthy and wholesome ingredients 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Yaaay! Thanks Stephanie! I hope you loved these when you made them!

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Amanda October 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

Just tried this last night! My husband wanted to order take out pizza but I told him that we should try this instead. I made it and the first thing he said was “this is great!”. He ate the whole thing AND made a second one. Thank you!! Will add this to my weekly recipes.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Woohoo!! That is so awesome – sounds like your husband is as big a fan of this recipe as my hubby is 🙂 So glad you both liked this recipe!

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Carissa November 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thank for sharing your yummy recipe. I love it and featured it in my round up “15 healthy recipes you can make with your toddler”. Feel free to come check it out and grab a button if you like ‘i was featured’ swag.

The post lives here: http://www.creativecarissa.com/2012/11/15-healthy-recipes-you-can-make-with.html

Cheers!

Carissa

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Aw thanks so much for featuring me Carissa! Hope you and your family enjoyed the mini pizzas! 🙂

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Judy April 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

How is the Trader Joe’s pizza sauce in comparison to others? I have tried the typical pizza sauce brands and found them to be pretty bad. I want something that actually tastes tomato-y and fresh. Thanks in advance for the answer!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Judy! I actually love the Trader Joe’s pizza sauce — I think it’s one of the best (they have a freshly made one in the prepared foods section that’s even better than the jarred version). Hope that helps!

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Malinda High July 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

I will try these tonight. I’ve been thinking how to make healthy pita pizzas at home, brought all the ingredients and it’s what’s for dinner!!! I let you know how they come out and if my Fiance loves them too??? Ms. High

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Awesome!! I’m sure you and your fiance will enjoy these pita pizzas! They are one of my favorite weeknight meals 🙂 Keep me posted on how they turn out!

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