Sunday, March 1, 2015

Low calorie ...and full flavor.

If you love The Culinary Arts as much as I do you might find your taste buds leading you in directions you've never explored.
On this day I was wandering the isles' of my favorite grocery store, Wholefoods, picking up essentials for the week. After picking up a package of pita bread, I paused for a moment to examine the whole wheat version of the same brand. When you take a pause, a breathe and listen to what the universe has to offer... unexpected pleasure come through.
In the case the pleasure was an idea for a satisfying, yet low calorie, version of pizza. I adore pizza! But have you ever considered the calories one single slice has? Let's take Round Table for instance which has over 290 calories... JUST FOR ONE SLICE alone! If you're trying to lose some weight. That's it for that meal. No vino for you.
However, using my trusty Fitness Pal app a similar version which is more filling with one slice and homemade has about 185 calories. Big difference. And the great thing is you can make a veggie version, all meat, Caprese version... the culinary world is unlimited.
1 lengthwise slice of whole wheat pita bread.
2-3 sliced mozzarella bocconcini balls
1-2 tablespoons of Italian sweet sausage link
2-3 sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon of sliced red onions 
Sockarooni, Newman' Own sauce
First, slice the pita bread carefully around the edges and open up much like open faced sandwich or pizza. Then, lightly toast the bread on 375 for 5-8 minutes until lightly brown. If you skip this step then all you'll have is soggy bread with a lot of stuff piled on it. Toasting seals the bread and prevents the sauce from soaking through the bread.
Next, cut and season with salt and pepper your veggies. I like to toss them in a heated pan until warmed through. Even the sauce... it'll cook faster. Then, spread the sauce on the bread, sprinkle the cheese, sausage and veggies. Heat in the oven at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes until bubbly. BTW, if you haven't tried Paul Newman's sauces... then, go immediately to the store and buy a bottle. Simply... it's just tasty on just about everything. Pasta, pizza, dipping sauce even veggies.
Allow it to cool slightly, to prevent from burning the roof of your mouth, and then slice, fold, roll... however you eat your pizza.
So extra yummy and full of flavor.
Can't wait to try this with fresh seasonal basil and summer tomatoes.
Hope you'll try this quick easy version of a college to retirement food. Pizza.
Remember, cooking with love makes any recipe taste better.