Monday, May 9, 2011

How to Make Quick, Easy, and Healthy Pizzas


Pizza is a favorite in most American households.  However, it is always easier to pick up the phone and order what often turns out to be greasy, fat laden pizza.  Now you can learn to make quick and easy pizzas at home.  These pizzas are healthy and you can serve them to your family without concern.  Choose from Grilled Nacho Pizzas that are made on healthy pita bread, Quick and Easy Chicken Fajita Pizza made on flour tortillas or Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Pizza.  Teach your children from a young age to eat healthier pizza.
GRILLED NACHO PIZZAS
4 pocketless pita rounds
olive oil nonstick cooking spray
1 1/3 cups canned fat-free refried beans
sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, optional
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese
4 tbsp whole-kernel canned corn
salsa, for garnish
fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
Spray one side of the pita rounds with the olive oil spray. Grill on a hot grill for about a minute or until bottoms are lightly charred. Remove from grill and arrange on a platter or cookie sheet with the grilled sides up. Divide the refried beans evenly between the 4 pitas and spread over top. Add some jalapeno peppers, if using. Top with 1 tablespoon of corn kernels per pita. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the corn. Return to the grill and cover. Grill for a minute or until the cheese melts. Top with the salsa and cilantro, if desired.
Note: You could add a small amount of cooked diced or shredded chicken or some browned ground beef, if you want meat on your pizza.
QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN FAJITA PIZZAS
4 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups Mexican-style shredded cheese
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup ripe olive slices
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the tortillas on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese on each of the tortillas. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Toss the chicken and salsa together; spread on the warm tortillas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the chicken mixture. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top the pizzas with the chopped bell pepper, chopped tomatoes, and ripe olives.
CANADIAN BACON AND PINEAPPLE PIZZA 
1 (10-oz) prebaked Italian bread crust shell
1/2 cup prepared sweet and sour sauce
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple tidbits, well drained
1 pkg (7-oz) Canadian bacon, diced
4-oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place the crust on an ungreased pizza pan or a baking sheet. Spread the sweet and sour sauce evenly over the top of the crust. Evenly distribute the pineapple tidbits over the sauce. Sprinkle the Canandian bacon over the pineapple. Top with the shredded cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Enjoy!

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