You love pizza but you know it's bad for you. A homemade one might be better, but it's way too complicated and difficult. Luckily we came up with an awesome 5 minute recipe that is balanced, nutritious and delicious. You don't really have an excuse not to make this. Start cooking!
Laying the foundation
- 1 Flour Tortilla
carbs ~145 calories
- Turkey Breast (Deli Meat)
protein ~165 calories
- Cheddar Cheese
fat ~120 calories
- Tomato sauce (optional)
Pretty simple huh? Still if you just ate that it would be pretty bland and pretty far from tasting like a pizza. The key is the toppings, spices and baking.
You also aren't stuck using those ingredients, you can make these substituions:
- Lavash bread
- Any type of flat bread
- Any type of meat (chicken, pork, turkey etc)
- Canned Chicken or Turkey breast
- Lean Sausage
- Mozzarella or other cheese
- Bacon or fatty meat
This could be anything, the main thing is to take account of the calories. All our toppings are vegetables since they add a ton of flavor, nutrients and make it a massively filling meal while adding minimal calories. The entirety of the veggies that we added came out to ~50 calories - less calories than in a tablespoon of olive oil (120 calories).
- Green peppers
You can add whatever you want, that's just what we happened to have that day. Herbs and leafy greens also add a lot of flavor, vitamins and minerals which include ones like basil, savory, spinach, arugula, cillantro, mint, parsley, dill... really anything. Just dump it on.
So far you have the pizza almost ready but without seasoning it will taste pretty bland and unpizza like. Seasonings are essential for cooking, and not just for taste. They are nutritious and have tons of added health benefits.
Capsaicin - the active ingredient in spicy peppers [not Capsicum, which is the scientific name for peppers/chilies - thanks to a reader's correction!] - increases metabolism, helps diabetes, lowers blood pressure and improves heart health. In a recent study turmeric was found to aid in "lowering of triglycerides and insulin levels [which dropped about 20 percent]".
What we added
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Cayenne powder
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Minced fresh garlic
- Minced fresh savory
We love spices but you don't have to add that many seasonings. At the very least add salt, pepper and cayenne powder or pepper flakes for a bit of heat. Thyme also just goes well with everything.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place baking sheet into middle or top part of the oven. You really aren't cooking anything - except the vegetables - so you don't need to keep it in there for long. The cheese will melt pretty quickly so how long you keep it in depends on how cooked you want your vegetables to be. So anywhere from 5-15 minutes should be good.
The fastest way would be to set the oven on high broil and throw it in. This isn't optimal as the tortilla will start to blacken around the edges before the veggies are well-cooked, but it will get everything nice and hot, fast. We recommend broiling if you are using pre-cooked veggies. Broil for around 1-3 minutes, until cheese is just melted. And keep a close watch, the difference between crispy and charred is about 10 seconds.
Serve and enjoy
We made this for dinner one day and I liked it so much that I ended up making another one for breakfast - it's pretty addictive. After it's cooked you can add hot sauce or a bit of ketchup if you like and dig in.
You can eat it like a regular pizza or fold it in half and have it like a Man'ousheh (pictured below).