Sure, there's a bazillion pizza toppings in the world, but why not have a little fun with pizza BOTTOMS?! Check out these snazzy new pizza-rific creations...
Pizza-bellas PER SERVING (1 pizza-bella, 1/2 of recipe): 118 calories, 4.75g fat, 487mg sodium, 7.5g carbs, 1.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 11.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
A mushroom dressed up like a pizza? It's so beautiful, it brings tears to our eyes...
Ingredients: 2 large portabella mushrooms 2 sticks light string cheese 1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic Dash Italian seasoning 8 slices turkey pepperoni (like the kind by Hormel), chopped 2 tbsp. canned sliced black olives
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Remove mushroom stems, chop, and set aside. Place mushroom caps on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, break each stick of string cheese into thirds and place in a food processor or blender -- blend at high speed until cheese takes on a shredded or grated consistency. (Or just tear string cheese into pieces and roughly chop.) Set aside.
Remove sheet from the oven but leave oven on. Blot excess liquid from mushroom caps and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Mix well and equally distribute between mushroom caps; spread until smooth and even. Sprinkle shredded/grated cheese over the saucy layer on each cap. Top with chopped mushroom stems, pepperoni, and olives.
Bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes, until cheese has melted. Eat as soon as you can without burning your mouth!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
HG Alternative! Don't like olives? Not into turkey pepperoni? Don't use 'em! Each standard saucy 'n cheesy mushroom "pizza" has 89 calories and 2.75g fat, so feel free to pick your own toppings and add their stats to those numbers.
Supremely Stuffed Pizza-fied Eggplant
PER SERVING (1 large piece, 1/4th of recipe): 170 calories, 3g fat, 608mg sodium, 26g carbs, 9.75g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 14.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
No, this isn't REALLY a pizza, but it is full of pizza-ish goodies. You will FLIP over how delicious (and tremendous!) it is. YAY!!!!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal 1 large eggplant 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped red and green bell peppers 1 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or MorningStar Farms), slightly thawed 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained 1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original) 2 tbsp. tomato paste 2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping 2 tsp. chopped garlic 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes 2 sticks light string cheese, pulled into strings
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a blender or food processor, grind cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Set aside.
Slice about 1 inch off the top (stem side) of the eggplant. Halve the eggplant lengthwise. Carefully cut along the inside of each half, about 1/2 inch from the skin. Scoop out the insides with a spoon, and chop them into small pieces. Place the hollow eggplant shells, cut-side up, on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray; set aside.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add chopped eggplant, onion, and peppers. Stirring often, cook for 7 - 8 minutes, until soft. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly.
Add half of the cereal crumbs (about 2 tbsp.) to the bowl; place the remaining half in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag, and reserve for another time. Add all other ingredients except crushed tomatoes and string cheese to the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Equally divide between the eggplant shells, lightly packing down until even.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Then remove but keep the oven on.
Spoon 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes evenly over the top of each stuffed eggplant shell, and lay string cheese pieces over the crushed tomatoes. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
Let cool slightly and then cut each piece in half. Now enjoy!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
HG FYI... That's two servings seen in the photo above, but get this: You can have the enormous amount pictured for just 340 calories... Woohoo!
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