Make a pizza in 5 minutes!

pictured with a slice of baked pumpkin, add a side salad or soup & you have quite a significant meal for minimal calories

 I often use Trader Joe’s whole wheat pre-made pizza dough (you can use a wine bottle to roll it out) on this day I happen to have a slightly less glamorous option handy: Giant brand pre-made 12″ thin crust pizza shells. I pre-heated the oven to 475, then I spread out a thick layer of pasta sauce (1.5 cups). Over the sauce I layered thinly sliced veggies: red onion, 2 green peppers, and a stalk of green onions.

Then I added added a generous amount – 1.5 cups of non-fat shredded mozzarella cheese. I like using the pizza dish with holes in it (pictured below) as it gives the crust a bit more varied texture: slightly crispy to slightly chewy.

Some other ideas, if you have time, that turn this into an almost gourmet pizza is to saute the vegetables for 5 minutes (w/ tomatoes or the pasta sauce) before putting them on the pizza, mixing in herbs into the pasta sauce (basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary), and putting a dash of red wine into the pasta sauce.

A realistic serving is 2 large slices (1/6 of the entire pizza) & contains: Calories 295 Fat 1 gram, Carbohydrate 52 grams, Protein 20 grams

By contrast, 2 slices of a typical cheese and veggie pizza would yield over 500 calories, over 15 grams of fat, while the carbohydrates and protein are about the same.

This pizza cost $3-4 in ingredients.


Lentil Tomato soup

Lentil tomato soup & sweet potato

Boil any kind of lentils in water (cooking time depends on type of lentil), I used 2 cup green lentils which take about 1/2 hour to cook (they are ready when soft) add in during the last 5 minutes of cooking: 1  cans of tomato (pureed or just diced) and 1-2 bouillon cubes. In a separate no stick skillet sauete 2-3 diced up onions in a smidge of olive oil, as they begin to brown add in 1-2 tsp each of  Garam Masala, Tumeric, Cumin, salt and pepper. In a separate pot boil 4- 6 sweet potatoes, this takes about 10 minutes.

This is a well balanced meal that is a snap to make, stores and reheats well, and gives you a feeling of fullness that lasts a long time.

Serves 4-6

Nutrition Facts: 1 bowl (2 cups) & 1 medium sweet potato

300 calories, 3 grams fat, 14 grams protein, 61 grams carbohydrate, 16 grams fiber