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So, I live in Brooklyn, NY which is the pizza capital of the world (you could try to argue, but have you had it??). Basically, what I’m saying is, the pizza is incredible.
Down almost every block, you are very likely to run into the sweet, savory smells of delicious, greasy pizza. Pizzerias litter almost every neighborhood and it’s hard to pick the best one because, honestly, most of them are great.
Therein lies the problem when one is dieting and actively trying to eat healthy and/or lose weight. How to satisfy the temptation without completely blowing all your hard work?
Here is one way I’ve managed to satisfy my pizza craving while exerting some serious self control!
I’m not a 5 star chef and, as most of us I’m sure, really don’t have much time most days to be whipping up a 5 star meal. So, yes, you guessed it, it’s an English muffin pizza.
What makes this different from the million you’ve made and/or ate before? Not much, except the ingredients. With a few adjustments in the ingredients you can cut the calorie load significantly.
Simple, quick, and easy, eat it as a snack or meal, this can be a good option when you just need to eat that pizza. The following recipe will run you about 300-400 calories depending on the types on ingredients you go for.
-1 light multigrain English Muffin
(100 cals each)
Other dough substitutes: light whole wheat pita, light whole wheat wrap, naan bread, light whole wheat flatbread, cauliflower crust
-2 tablespoons pizza sauce (or go for sliced tomato)
-6 pieces turkey pepperoni
(70 calories for 4 pieces)
-1 piece low fat mozzarella string cheese
(The pulled cheese I used is only 60 calories per piece! If you really look at the calorie count in most cheeses, you will be surprised. I love cheese, but it helps to use this one as the serving size is already portioned for you.)
-You could also add extra veggies or spices!
To avoid a soggy pizza, I let the English muffin toast for about 4 minutes before adding the sauce and cheese.
Pull apart the string cheese.
Add a tablespoon or so of pizza sauce to each English muffin.
Add the turkey pepperoni. Yup, turkey pepperoni. Tastes almost the same as regular, but far less greasy!
So, if you’re like me and lost the baking sheet for your toaster, you can make a makeshift sheet with some tin foil. I don’t recommend cooking it directly on the rack because if that cheese melts onto the bottom then your going to end up with some seriously smoky flavor!
I let it cook in the toaster for about 10 minutes on 350.
Simple and easy, this meal won’t break your calorie bank and will help to satisfy that pizza craving! It’s not gourmet rocket science, but it tastes good and it will fit your diet needs. Save the greasy delicious slice for your cheat meal.
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