I saw you on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate eating some crazy-delicious-looking pulled pork pizza from a restaurant in Memphis. I LOVE that you actually eat that pizza! Do you have a guilt-free swap for it?
Pork Pizza, Please!
Thanks! I loved being on that show. I have to admit, I felt a little weird being on TV eating such a decadent pizza in front of the world. But as many of you know, I live by the 80/20 rule -- so 20 percent of the time, I stray a bit from what I should be eating. That pizza is from Pete & Sam's Restaurant in Memphis, TN, and it's truly an obsession of mine. Luckily (and sadly!), I don't eat it more than once every couple of years. But now that many of you have emailed in about it, I decided to try to make a guilt-free version. Here's what I've come up with... For the super-thin crust, use a large La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb/High Fiber Tortilla (only 80 calories, plus TONS of fiber!). Bake the tortilla in the oven for 5 minutes or so at 350 degrees, until it's nice and crisp (so it won't get soggy). For the pulled pork, start by nuking one of those Morningstar Farms BBQ Riblets (they're saucy, DELICIOUS, and meat-free!). Then shred or chop it while it's still warm, and pile it on top of your tortilla crust. For the two types of cheese, use 2 tbsp. fat-free shredded cheddar and a stick of light string cheese (pulled into strips and torn into pieces). Place those over the faux-pork layer, and bake the whole thing at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, and then you're DONE. This swap has only about 380 calories and 9g fat (POINTS® value 8*) as opposed to the calorie-and-fat-packed version that Sam serves up at his restaurant. (I still love you, Sam, and your pizza!) AMAZING. Try it!
I have been hearing a term lately that confuses me. What exactly is a "flexitarian"?
GREAT question. The answer is simple. A "flexitarian" is a person who primarily follows a vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat. "Flexys" typically reduce their meat intake but do NOT eliminate it altogether. There are no hard-and-fast rules for how much meat they consume; it's just a casual, day-by-day thing for many of them. I love this concept A LOT. It allows you to eat mostly veggie stuff but gives you the flexibility (hence the name!) to eat meat if you want to. Totally cool! Most of the flexitarians I know (and I have met quite a few lately) tend to eat really healthfully and are super happy with their decision to limit meat consumption. If you want to learn more about this type of eating, definitely check out a book called The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life, by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Dawn is really cool and smart, and she's also a pal of mine. When we met recently on a trip to Italy, she told me all about her flexitarian ways. I was really intrigued and, since then, have been hearing a lot about flexitarianism. Check it out!
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