Healthy Cookie: Thin & Crispy White Pizza

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200 cal pizza? Yes, please!

Life is hard.

No, not because of unemployment, taxes, SAT’s, or any of that stuff. Life is hard because really good food is really high in calories.

(…And maybe because of that other stuff too, but that’s irrelevant.)

Take pizza for example. Who doesn’t like pizza? Besides that one random guy/girl you’ll meet in your life who will say, “You know, I just don’t like pizza that much,” and you’ll be like, “ADKLFJDSLKFJDS WHAT?” and he/she will be annoyed because they have that exact conversation EVERY SINGLE DAY, then you’ll lay awake for nights on-end, pondering this impossibility, only for you to eventually eat some pizza and decide that said person is simply not sane and move on with your life…besides that one person, everyone loves pizza.

It’s just so good. Essentially, pizza is hand-held cheese and sauce. And the vessel that delivers it to your mouth is a crisp crust, which is a starch, my friends, and we all love our starches (hello, potatoes?). But pizza has its downfall: it’s ridiculously high in fat and calories! Every now and then, I can shift that knowledge to the back of my mind and indulge, but the time in between those rare moments is torturous. How can we get through it?

I’ll tell you how: with 200-calorie Thin & Crispy White Pizza. Yes, you heard me right, 200 calories. This whole personal pizza has less calories than one slice of the regular stuff. That sounds too good to be true. You may be getting suspicious at this point, concluding, “Well, it must taste horrible.” And that’s a completely logical conclusion to draw.

But it wouldn’t be correct.

This pizza is ridiculously tasty, perfect for lunch or a light dinner. And, for a vegetarian, the fact that it packs 17 grams of protein ain’t bad either. Then, there’s the fact that these pizzas are super easy and quick to make, no dough-making required! Pizza lovers, rejoice! There is guilt-free pizzawesomeness in your future.

A few tips before you get cooking:

  1. Get out all your stuff before you start cookin’!
  2. Serve with veggies of your choice or light marinara sauce to dip in for extra indulgence without any guilt.
  3. Try using different vegetables in place of the tomatoes every time you make the recipe so you can switch things up a bit!
  4. This recipe originally used shredded part-skim mozzerella instead of parmesan. A tablespoon is such a small amount of cheese that mozzerella just doesn’t cut it. You can’t taste it. Parmesan will give this pizza better flavor.

Thin & Crispy White Pizza

recipe adapted from Hungry Girl

Makes one Serving

Ingredients:

1 large low-fat, high-fiber, burrito-size tortilla with about 100 calories (like this kind by La Tortilla Factory)
1/3 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
1 tbsp. grated or shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion (I used red onions)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
kosher salt to taste
Dash black pepper
4 thin slices plum tomato
4 fresh basil leaves

 Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put tortilla on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven until slightly crispy, 3 – 5 minutes per side. Leave oven on.

In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese with parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add onion and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Immediately stir onion into cheese mixture. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

Spread cheese-onion mixture evenly on top of the tortilla. Top with tomato slices and basil leaves. If you like, sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Return pizza to the oven and bake until hot, about 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy.

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 200 calories, 3.25g fat, 930mg sodium, 33g carbs, 7g fiber, 7g sugars, 17g protein – PointsPlus® value 5*

Easy, yummy, and healthy. That’s a tripe threat!

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