I love pizza. In my house, it is the quintessential Friday night food. While pizza is not as indulgent as a lot of other foods out there, many pizzas would not be considered “healthy.” While I love to occasionally indulge in some more decadent pizzas (see: last Friday), most Fridays if I’m at home, I make my own healthy creations. Yesterday’s was a real winner: bacon, caramelized onion and apple pizza…oh yeah!
So if you’re making pizza at home and are trying to cut calories, the first (and most important, I think) to tackle is the crust. That’s where the calories can add up quickly. My favourite thing to use for crust is flat-out wraps….they are a good size and only about 100 calories, and packed with fiber. I drive to the US to get them, but I just found out today that they are available online in Canada.….this makes me sooooo happy (okay, I know, I need a life :P). So for a nice crispy crust, preheat the oven to about 400 or 425, then put one of these wraps in the oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up (this prevents it from getting soggy when you add your toppings). Place the crust on a baking sheet and go to work.
Here are the ingredients for last night’s delightful creation:
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple butter
About 1/2 tbsp each, light BBQ sauce and light ketchup
Pinch of cumin and brown sugar twin
1 tbsp real bacon bits (now I know there are some haters out there that will say this is over-processed, but for me, it’s a portion-controlled way to get the flavour of real bacon and not super-high in calories…plus I find bacon so flavourful/salty that 1 tbsp goes farther than you’d think!)
Slightly less than 1/2 a medium apple, thinly sliced
1/3 cup light shredded cheese (I used Italiano blend, but would prefer cheddar if I had it)
I caramelized the onion in the olive oil (preheat a small frying pan with the oil over medium high heat – add the onion, saute it, reduce heat and cook until browned….it doesn’t caramelize as nicely with such little fat, but it works).
To make the sauce, I mixed the apple butter, ketchup, BBQ sauce, cumin and sweetener. I smeared this over my crisped crust, then topped with the cheese. I arranged the apple slices over this, then added the cheese, bacon and onion. I baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 until everything had melted…then sliced and enjoyed…YUMMMM! Love the sweet/salty/smoky combo of flavours!
On the side, I enjoyed a salad of spinach, red onion, sunflower sprouts (new thing I bought at the market), grape tomatoes, yellow pepper, the rest of the apple and mushrooms. I made my own BBQ sweet balsamic dressing (balsamic vinegar, fat free Italian dressing, Dijon mustard, light BBQ sauce and sweetener)…delish!
And of course, I drank a Coke Zero…I just can’t enjoy pizza without pop….anyone else with me on that? Try this pizza this weekend (or wait until next Friday night)….you won’t regret it! Happy long weekend!