March into Spring with fresh seasonal veggies and PIZZA!
An abundance of seasonal spring favorites are about to hit your local produce shelves. A great way to maximize the nutritional value of any recipe is to include a wide variety of veggies. What better vehicle for all this valuable nutrition than the classic favorite…PIZZA! Swapping out traditional ingredients for ones that pack a “bigger bang for your buck” is an easy way to create the healthy pizza of your dreams. Here are some great alternatives to the traditional pizza ingredients we all love. For more great ideas like these and info about how to have The Healthy Nut prepare food for you, check out the NEW website at www.HealthNutAustin.com.
Toppings: The more fresh veggies the better! Don’t be afraid to get creative. Broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, and brussels sprouts all roast well and make delicious additions to any pizza.
Sauce: Pesto, sun dried tomato tapenade, light all natural alfredo sauce, hummus, salsa, olive oil and fresh garlic, are all great alternatives to traditional tomato sauce. If you do go with tomato sauce, try to make sure it doesn’t have added sugar.
Cheese: Use fresh mozzarella and ricotta instead of the processed varieties. More is not always better. Make sure the toppings are the stars of the show.
Crust: Being from Chicago, I will always have a special place in my heart for Gino’s East cornmeal crust deep dish pizza. However, in order to enjoy this special treat every once in a while, I have to make sure to satisfy my more frequent cravings with healthier options. Polenta, cauliflower, and eggplant are just a few alternative crusts that will please any pizza aficionado.
Give this one a try…
Asparagus, Spinach and Artichoke Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Makes 1 8″-10″ pizza
1/2 cup chopped asparagus
1/2 cup diced artichoke hearts (canned in water not oil)
1 cup sauce of your choice (My favorite options are sun dried tomato pesto or light all natural alfredo.)
* If you use pesto or an oil based sauce, it goes a long way. You should only need about 1/2 a cup
4 oz ball fresh mozzarella thinly sliced or shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh ricotta
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
* For the meat eaters out there, spicy Italian turkey sausage compliments this pizza perfectly!
1 Small head Cauliflower (3 cups riced)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp fresh parsley finely chopped
1 tsp fresh Oregano finely chopped
1 tsp fresh Basil finely chopped
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1 whole Egg
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)