Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Greek Pizza

Here’s another great, quick weekday meal and it was SO good, we’ll be throwing it into our regular rotation.

I HEART pizza. But did you know that the typical SLICE of cheese pizza is well over 250 calories!?! And who eats just one piece…of just cheese…without adding some other delicious ingredients?? It’s hard to find a healthy version of it in any type of pizzeria which means that I don’t get to have it a lot unless I make it at home.

I had never made a version with pita bread before and it was a great option; the pita gets nice and crispy and because it’s a little thicker, it holds the ingredients really well. I hope you and your family like this option as much as we did!

4, 6” pitas (I used regular old white pitas at 200 calories each; you can lower the cals even more by using low fat)
1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
½ tsp of garlic powder or garlic seasoning
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, squeezed of liquid (you could also use fresh leaves if you’d prefer)
2 large tomatoes, sliced (each pizza will hold about 4 large slices)
¾ cup reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
4 T non-pareil Capers, drained of juice
¾ tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried basil
Red pepper flakes, to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Place pitas on baking sheets sprayed with non-stick spray. Tip: I always line my baking sheets with foil and spray that; easy cleanup! You could also use the non-stick foil.

In a small bowl, combine ricotta, basil, and garlic seasoning and then spread evenly over the pitas.

Top the pitas with spinach, capers, and tomatoes. On top of the tomato layer, sprinkle feta cheese, oregano and red pepper flakes.
Bake in the oven 12-15 minutes or until pitas brown.

Not only is it delicious, it’s very satisfying: you actually feel like you’re getting a good sized portion because you have your own individual pizza!

Serves 4
Nutrition (per pizza): Calories 358 / Carbs 42g / Fat 12g / Protein 22g / Fiber 4g

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