Monday, November 7, 2011

Easy On the Cheese!

Texas Thin Crust Pizza

Servings: 1 large or 2 small
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Prelude: Many folks have an almost instinctive love of pizza.  However, on a rational level, they know it’s loaded with processed carbs and saturated fats.  So, when you’d rather go with your head, choose this healthy thin crust pizza.

Olive oil cooking spray
6 oz (170g) ground sirloin or extra lean ground beef
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
¼ cup yellow onions (small diced)
¼ cup red pepper (small diced)
2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
¼ cup tomato (small diced)
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
1 whole-wheat tortilla
¼ cup pineapple (tidbits, or chopped)
½ cup aged white cheddar (grated)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with.
Preheat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with spray and add the ground meat and season with salt and pepper.  Sauté the beef until lightly browned and cooked all the way through.  Add the onions, peppers and garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
Add the tomato and BBQ sauce, stir until combined and remove from heat.
Lightly coat a baking sheet with spray and place the tortilla shell on the tray.  Spread the beef and vegetable mixture evenly on the shell leaving the outside ½ inch for the crust.
Top with the pineapple and cheese and then place in the oven.  Bake until cheese is melted and shell is nicely toasted (about 10 minutes).

I know it has a tortilla.   I know it has cheese.  Go easy on the cheese and share with your friends!

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