Healthy Pizza

A healthy pizza?  Let me guess, you don’t believe me.  Well, there’s a whole wheat crust, spinach, and thinly sliced fresh tomatoes in place of a high sodium sauce.  While it is important to always remember that nutrition is not about the benefits of one isolated nutrient but on the whole picture of the food, I wanted to share with you that tomatoes contain a wonderful phytochemical called lycopene.  In other words, lycopene is a known antioxidant.  When your body undergoes stress (disease, lifestyle stresses, smoking & drinking to name a few) something called oxidative damage is caused.  Substances known as “free radicals” run around and cause all sorts of chaos in our bodies.  Antioxidants help to fix this damage and stop it before it causes much more serious reprocutions (i.e. cancer).  So eat up and enjoy because it is just about the healthiest pizza you can find!

Healthy Pizza

Serves: 8-10 slices

5 plum tomatoes, sliced

1 16″ ready made whole wheat pizza crust

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 oz. fresh spinach

6 oz. feta cheese

3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

1-2 oz. sliced green olives

3/4 tsp. dried oregano

3/4 tsp. dried basil

Instructions:

  1. Arrange tomato slices on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.  Top with more paper towels.  Let stand for 30 minutes so paper towels soak up some juice from the tomatoes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Heat medium sized non-stick skillet over medium heat with 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Saute spinach 3-4 minutes until wilted.
  4. Combine tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. oil, and garlic.  Arrange tomato mixture & spinach on dough.  Sprinkle feta cheese and dried herbs onto pizza.  Bake for 20-22 minutes until golden and cheese is lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven, top with olives and serve.
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