Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Healthy Pizza

Perfect Pairing:  Pizza craving… on a diet

Even though I live in the third largest city in America which is chock full of good restaurants that deliver to your doorstep, I rarely order food for delivery.  I love the concept, but I am intimidated by it at the same time, as ridiculous as that sounds.  I grew up in the country where not even the local Pizza Hut would deliver.  The thought of having food brought to your door was exotic!  I have lived in Chicago for almost 7 years and I can count on one hand how many times I have had food delivered.  I think I get overwhelmed by the amount of places and choices.  Often, if I have a craving for something I buy the groceries to make it myself. 
I don’t want to knock the famous deep dish Chicago pizza, because it is really something to appreciate, but I prefer thin crust.  I love to make thin crust pizza on homemade or even store-bought pizza crust, but this particular version is made using Flat Out Wraps.  I love these things.  I usually get the light versions which have about 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 9 grams of fiber each. 
The Perfect Pairing for this Healthy Pizza concept is a pizza craving… while on a diet.  I am not promising that this healthy version is going to replace restaurant pizza forever but it does a great job of satisfying a pizza craving!  The crust is crispy and tastes great with any of your favorite pizza toppings.
I started using Flat Out Wraps years ago but it took me a few attempts before I figured out the best way to use them for pizza crust.  The key is to toast the wrap first, before you put on your toppings.  Here is what I do….
·         Preheat your oven to 415 degrees F
·         Spray both sides of the wrap with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet
·         I like to sprinkle a little garlic salt on the wrap before toasting it
·         Toast in the oven for about 6-7 minutes or until it starts to brown around the edge. It should look like this…

After the wrap is toasted I top it with my favorite ingredients.  This time I used pizza sauce, a sprinkle of garlic powder and red pepper flakes, sautéed chicken sausage, caramelized onions, and reduced fat mozzarella.  I put it back in the oven for about 6 minutes until the cheese is melted.  I topped it off with arugula after it came out of the oven.  Even with all of that good stuff loaded on top it is still crispy.  Proof….

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