Pita Pizza

Ingredients

  • 4 small (4 inch) pita breads (whole wheat, preferably)
  • 1 can (6 oz) low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 in cubes
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (2.5 oz) sliced olives (drained)
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Lightly spray a sheet pan w/ cooking spray1
  • Place the pita breads on the sheet pan
  • Spread about 2 TBS tomato paste on each pita
  • Distribute the oregano, basil & thyme, parmesean, chicken, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella evenly onto the pizzas2
  • Bake the pizzas for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and begins to brown
Yields 4 servings

Helpful Hints

1If you don’t like doing dishes, skip the cookie sheet and use tinfoil.  I recommend doing no more than two pitas per piece of foil; it makes it easier to remove from the oven that way.

2Mix all the spices together in a small dish before distribution for an even spread of flavors.  I’ve also mixed the spices n w/ the tomato paste first but, truthfully, it just tastes better layered.

Here’s the best part of this recipe: IT NEVER GETS OLD!!!  You can do so many things to switch it up that pita pizza weekly is possible w/o being repetitive (or unhealthy).  What’s even better is each pizza is individual so even the pickiest eaters can have a uniquely yummy, yet healthy, lunch or dinner.  My step-son loves “just cheese please” & his father prefers “sausage & pepperoni”.  Everyone’s happy each & every time!

A couple of other topping ideas: turkey sausage crumbles, turkey pepperoni, turkey bacon crumbles, onions, green peppers…The list goes on & on!  I will be trying sugar free BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce next, topped with turkey bacon crumbles, mushrooms & onions – A healthy take on one of my favorite specialty pizzas from my favorite pizza joint!  ENJOY!

Furtado, Margaret M., and Lynette Schultz.  “Healthy Living Cookbooks: Recipes for Life After Weight-Loss Surgery. Beverly: Fair Winds Press, 2006
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