Healthy Cooking Plus

Pizza Party!

From the Back Cover of the Feb/March 2008 Issue of Light & Tasty

Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza Recipe

Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

We had so many fantastic entries in our recent pizza contest that we simply had to give you more! And the best part is, they're all good for you, too! Here's what you'll find in this exclusive Web Bonus:

  • 6 delicious and cheesy pizza recipes
  • 2 recipes for homemade pizza sauce
  • A whole wheat pizza crust recipe
  • Tips on making pizzas at home tonight
  • Tons of healthy topping ideas to inspire you

Pizza: The Cheese Issue

Pass the Cheese Please!

The real problem with pizza is the saturated fat found in cheese. A normal serving of pizza with full-fat cheese contains around 7 g of saturated fat and nearly 13 g of total fat! That's before any toppings, crust or sauce.

The obvious healthier choices are to use reduced or fat-free products or to simply use less cheese. If you use all reduced-fat cheese, you'll still get nearly 6 g of saturated fat per serving. And choosing fat-free cheese typically gives you an inferior product that doesn't melt very well.

The smarter option is to use half fat-free cheese and half reduced-fat cheese. By doing this, you'll have tasty pizza with plenty of cheese and less than 3 g of saturated fat in the cheese per serving.

Pizza Tips

"When using a pizza stone, be sure to preheat the stone, then sprinkle a little cornmeal on it. This prevents the pizza from sticking."
—Brian Butler of Oglesby, Illinois

"I find pizza is a handy way to use up leftovers as toppings. That last bit of spaghetti sauce is great spread on a crust or tortilla, especially if it has meat and mushrooms on it!"
—Mary Price of Youngstown, Ohio

"I make homemade crust, and when I do, I make additional small pizzas. I've found that they freeze and travel well to any child's college freezer."
—June Brinkman of Brock, Nebraska

"My husband and I love making pizzas with fresh vegetables, like squash and peppers, right from the garden. But we love making pizza year-round, so we freeze a lot of vegetables so we can have our summery pizza during the winter."
—Anne Cooke of Raleigh, North Carolina

"To make a delicious herbed pizza crust, I add 1 teaspoon basil and 1 teaspoon oregano to a boxed pizza crust mix. It's an excellent way to give a little zip to 'homemade' pizza."
—Michelle Durfee of Gregory, Michigan

30 Light Pizza Toppings

Basil

How do you enjoy pizza if you're trying to "go light"? We've got the answer. Simply try any combination of these delicious ingredients for a pizza that tastes great and won't weigh you down!

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Baby spinach
  • Banana peppers
  • Black beans
  • Black olives
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh corn
  • Garlic
  • Goat cheese
  • Grilled or BBQ chicken
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Salsa
  • Scallions
  • Seasoned ground turkey
  • Shrimp
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Turkey bacon
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Turkey sausage
  • Yellow squash
  • Yellow, red or orange bell peppers
  • Zucchini