Just a little over two weeks ago, my husband had a major heart attack. While genetics played a large role in the cause, diet certainly contributed to it as well. SO . . . I have totally changed my way of cooking. While I used to cook low fat, from scratch and used very little red meat before, I now know that one of the worst health culprits is SODIUM. And trust me, it's in just about everything! Being limited to just 4g (4000 mg) per day is no easy task, just read a few labels even on low fat, "healthy" foods and you'll see what I mean! We've gotten along very well so far but PIZZA has been at the top of our "most missed" list. I finally came up with this pizza that really IS healthy, unlike all of the Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, etc. that are jam-packed with sodium!
Crust and sauce being the worst culprits here, I was able to find Mama Mary's pizza crust at Walmart and it really IS low sodium, fat, cholesterol and carb. You get two thin crusts per package for around 3.98. The best store bought sauce I found was Prego Heart Smart which has about half the sodium of other brands. If I have time, I'll always make my own and really cut the sodium but this is a great alternative if you want to save time. Kraft makes a 100% fat free mozzarella which I used. Note though that fat free cheese does not melt like other cheese so be prepared for that. To me, it's worth the texture change to save all the fat. For toppings, I went to my garden and grabbed yellow and green peppers, tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano. I added some sliced onion and mushrooms too.
Let me tell you this was one magnificent looking pizza before it was baked (look how high it's piled with all of that fresh goodness!) . . .
and it not only looked good after baking . . . it tasted fantastic!! You could also add turkey sausage, grilled chicken, pineapple, turkey bacon or turkey pepperoni.
Here's the recipe and nutrition information:
1 Mama Mary's Whole Wheat Crust
3/4 c Prego Heart Smart Spaghetti Sauce
1 c Kraft Fat Free Mozzarella
Vegetables of your choice
1 t olive oil
Brush crust with olive oil. Top with sauce, then vegetables and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes or until browned and crispy. Cut pizza into eight slices.
Nutrition Info. for four slices:
425 calories, 8 g fat (1/2 g saturated), 47g carbohydrates, 500 mg sodium