It’s Pizza Time

How good is pizza!!! It is one of my favourite foods however it can pack a punch in regards to energy, fat and salt content with only 2 take-away pieces being the equivalent to a large portioned meal…I don’t know about you guys but 2 slices of pizza generally doesn’t cut it for me. So I thought I’d share with you guys how I like to make my pizza…with some simple substitutions you can reduce the fat and salt content considerably whilst increasing the nutrition and keeping the most important thing – TASTE!

Ingredients

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THE BASE
  •  Instead of a standard pizza base, use some WHOLEMEAL PITA WRAPS – they’re lower in fat and higher in fibre – helping you to stay fuller for longer
  • Instead of regular tomato paste, use NO ADDED SALT tomato paste – you’re looking at consuming 666mg less salt per 100g – this difference is HUGEEEE
  • Tip: To add more flavour to your base, sprinkle some dried oregano on top of your tomato paste – it will change your life
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THE TOPPINGS:
  • Instead of using full fat tasty cheese, use LOW-FAT or REDUCED-FAT MOZZARELLA CHEESE – big savings in terms of fat and salt. You could also use bocconcini or feta cheese, I didn’t have any in the fridge when I made these ones.
  • Instead of using high fat, processed meats such as chorizo, bacon, chicken loaf or salami, use ROAST CHICKEN, LIGHT HAM, SALMON or dare I say it….NO MEAT! (yes a vegetarian pizza can still taste amazing blokes)
  • Instead of sundried-tomatoes, use CHERRY TOMATOES
Other great nutritious toppings to pop on your pizza include:
  • Diced capsicum
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Pumpkin
  • Olives
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Roast eggplant
  • Roast zucchini
  • Rocket (place on pizza approx. 1 minute before pulling it out of the oven, otherwise it will wilt too much)

Method

Place all of your ingredients on the base of your choice and cook in the oven for approx. 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees celcius And a quick note on ratio’s…try not to be too liberal with the cheese and meat and pack on that vege! I find that sprinkling a small amount of cheese, then putting on the toppings and then another light sprinkle of cheese on top works a treat ? BON APPETIT!