Pizza has always been a favorite food of mine. Almost like kryptonite for me. I realized post-college years I had to be more careful about how often I ate it and that has never been easy. A few years ago I discovered that you can have pizza that is just as yummy and enjoyable if you make it your own way at home. Let me tell you the ways I have had pizza in recent years – eggplant pizza, cauliflower pizza, portabella mushroom pizza, regular whole wheat crust pizza, and naan pizza. But guess which turned out to be my favorite – Mediterranean pita pizza!
How do I do it? Well, I buy these pitas that I find at my local Harris Teeter (they are near the wraps and other pizza crusts in the bread section), keep them in the freezer and when I’m in the mood for pizza, I basically take one out, quickly defrost it in the microwave (20-30 seconds), toast/bake it for a little bit in the toaster oven to give the crust a little crunch, put desired sauce and toppings on, and then bake it some more and voila – my own personal healthy pizza!
Keep in mind, this process came after some trial and error. If you skip the part of toasting/baking it before putting the toppings on, the crust is pretty soft. Use whichever setting you prefer on your toaster oven to get the desired crust you want whether it’s the toast or bake setting. And when you are cooking the whole pizza, I recommend setting the toaster oven at 375 and put it in for 7-8 minutes and check it after that to make sure it doesn’t burn the crust.
Here is what mine looks like – I use pesto sauce instead of tomato sauce, a mix of mozzarella cheese and some feta sprinkled on top, and finish it off with arugula. But really, you can make it however you want. My husband prefers his pizza with regular tomato sauce and a mix of cheeses.
By the way, these pita’s are better then your average whole wheat pizza crust which is why I prefer them. They are thin so I easily eat the whole pizza myself. Also, this is easy to make for a fast lunch or dinner so it also has some versatility.
Let me know if you have any questions. Happy eating!