Typically you would not expect the words ‘healthy’ and ‘pizza’ to be used in the same sentence, and normally you would be correct in assuming so. However, this does not always have to be the case. Believe it or not you can have your pizza and eat it too! Try out these 4 healthy pizza alternatives below and you will never want to go back to the days of unhealthy pizza eating again!
These are certainly not your typical pizzas, but they are healthier! Eggplants work as an excellent base when they are baked and topped with other vegetables and flavorings to go with them. Feel free to get creative with this recipe and try out any combination of toppings that you would like! Serves 2.
1 medium eggplant, sliced 2.5cm thick
200g cherry tomatoes, quartered then chopped
Handful of baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Basil leaves, to garnish
1.Preheat oven to 220°C (428°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Arrange the sliced eggplant over the baking tray and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Bake slices for 15-20 minutes.
3. Remove the eggplant slices from the oven and set your oven to grill.
4. Evenly top each eggplant slice with chopped tomato and chopped spinach, and then sprinkle with cheese.
5. Place the tray in the oven under the grill and grill for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Keep a close eye on the pizzas at this stage to make sure they don’t burn.
6. Remove the tray from the oven and top with basil leaves.
7. Enjoy warm with a crisp green salad on the side.
This cheesy cauliflower crust recipe gives you the freedom to choose the toppings you love to place on top of this much healthier alternative to traditional pizza crust! Consider a margarita style pizza simply using mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a little sauce as topping. Serves 3.
1 1/2 fresh Cauliflower Heads, washed and chopped
2 Organic Eggs
1 cup Part-Skim Mozzarella, Shredded
1/2 cup fresh Parsley, washed and chopped
1 – 1 1/2 cloves of fresh Garlic, minced
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Preheat oven to 450 degree fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius). Wash and chop cauliflower, remove stems. Using a high powered blender or food processor, pulse cauliflower until it becomes rice-like in texture. Combine cauliflower in mixing bowl with parsley, cheese, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place onto parchment paper or silicon baking sheets and roll or press into desired pizza shape. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until edges appear crispy and top is browned. Top with desired ingredients, and broil for an additional 5-15 minutes. Buon Appetito!
Pizza for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do! With just five ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation, you can enjoy a healthy and protein-packed meal that will keep you satisfied until lunch!
1 whole-wheat English muffin, split
1 small tomato, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 thin slice (1/2 ounce) Canadian bacon, diced
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Chopped fresh basil, optional garnish
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a small baking sheet with foil.
- Place the English muffin halves cut-side up on the baking sheet. Top each with tomato and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Canadian bacon over the tomatoes, then top with the mozzarella.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with basil.
If you are crazy for quinoa and nuts about pizza then this is the perfect recipe for you! This very nontraditional version of the beloved pizza is the perfect way to get a healthy dose of whole grain, fiber and protein all while satisfying that pizza craving! Makes 24 mini muffin bites
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pizza sauce for dipping
- Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
- Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (one heaping tablespoon each), and press down gently to compact.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.