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Giving Pizza a Healthier Reputation

Giving Pizza a Healthier Reputation

A new E.U. initiative strives to make pizza healthier and tastier as a way to tackler obesity rates

The European Union has set a goal to make pizza healthier in order to address the widespread obesity epidemic.

For the pizza-loving European Union (E.U.), the only way to make the popular meal even better is to make it healthier.

The E.U. has recognized that popular frozen and delivery pizza brands contain an abundance of sugar, salt, and fat that are disastrous to the health of the E.U. population. In alignment with the European Commission’s 2007 goal to create an integrated approach to reduce health risks due to poor nutrition and obesity, the E.U. now seeks to give pizza a new, healthier reputation.

The E.U. has rejected the common practice of replacing unhealthy ingredients like sugar with an additive such as aspartame, claiming that these additives often create many health problems of their own.

Instead, the E.U. has created a project known as PLEASURE that aims to develop unique food processing technologies that reduce sugar, salt, and fat in prepared foods by using biotechnological procedures. This process would mirror the enzymatic and fermentation processes currently used to reduce the sugar content of apple juice to achieve a similar result in tomato sauce and other common pizza toppings.

PLEASURE’s leading researchers have also considered using high hydrostatic pressure to improve the dispersion of salt or fat within a product. Researchers believe that if these ingredients are better distributed it could reduce the need for these products by 30 percent. This would make pizza healthier without largely affecting the taste.

The E.U. believes that changing the properties of the pizza is a better marketing strategy than creating new “low-fat” or “fat-free” products that often don’t sell very well.

While a healthier pizza may be on the horizon for the E.U., remember that you can always make pizza healthier by preparing it from scratch in your own kitchen. Try out this Roasted Garlic Pizza with Mushrooms and Spinach Recipe next time you find yourself craving a slice.

10 More Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think

There are lots of misconceptions about healthy eating. Some folks kick their favorite foods to the curb because they think they’re no good. We’ve already given you a list of ten -- here are 10 MORE foods that offer more nutrition than you’re giving them credit for.

While you will find some unhealthy fats, don’t count out cheese! It’s an excellent source of protein, calcium and even contains a small amount of vitamin D. Watching your waistline? Keep portions to about 1-ounce and choose lower fat varieties like Swiss, Parmesan or part-skim mozzarella and ricotta.

Some people are still afraid of eating carbs and bread is usually the first to go. But don’t toss those loaves out just yet! You’ll be missing out on nutritious goodies like fiber and important B-vitamins. Limit intake to no more than a couple of slices per day and choose whole grain varieties most of the time.

Classically misconstrued as a food that “doesn’t count” – lettuce packs in nutrients like hunger-fighting fiber, antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. The darker the leaf, the more nutrients it has so bulk up salads, wraps, sandwiches and tacos with a fresh, green, low-calorie crunch.

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s no butter in this cooked-down fruit puree. Commonly available in apple, pumpkin and peach flavors, it's divine spread on toast, mixed into yogurt or used in place of some of the oil when baking. Apple butter is a key ingredient in this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Yes, pizza! The combination of bread, lycopene-rich tomatoes and toppings like cheese and veggies actually make for a darn healthy meal. Homemade is the best way to go to keep the portion sizes, calories and grease under control. Try this 5-ingredient recipe from scratch or make things even easier by making mini pizzas on English muffins.

It might taste like candy but dried fruit has a lot more to offer. Drying fruit allows the natural flavors to concentrate, making it naturally sweet. While you should be careful with portions, dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, pineapple and apricots are a healthy addition to hot and cold cereals, salads and trail mix. Look for brands without added sweeteners and keep portions to a modest couple of tablespoons.

When you consider the ingredients – beans, veggies, spices and maybe some meat – chili is healthy eats. Dial back on the fatty meats and toppings like sour cream and cheese and you’ve got a healthy and satisfying one-pot meal. Use our tips for Chili, Lightened Up.

Shellfish like shrimp and lobster always get the shaft for being too high in cholesterol. But it turns out they can be part of heart-healthy diet because they are low in calories and saturated fat and high in protein. Learn more about why we love shellfish.

A recent study found that chocolate eaters may have a reduced risk of heart disease. We've got 28 favorite ways to munch on chocolate but be sensible about your choco-indulgence. Too much fat, calories and sugar from chocolate is certainly not good for your heart (or your waistline).

Carnivores rejoice! Red meat can be enjoyed in moderation for the benefit of healthy goodies like protein, iron, niacin and vitamin B12. The heart-healthy trick is to opt for lean cuts like beef tenderloin and flank steak. Get the skinny on the leanest cuts of meat.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

How to Make a Healthier Burger

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It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long!

Raw Ground beef meat Burger steak cutlets on dark marble background

Raw Ground beef meat Burger steak cutlets on dark marble background

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Lisovskaya Natalia, (c) Lisovskaya Natalia

Although beef is traditionally used for the burger patty, you can also use chicken, turkey, bison, venison, vegetables, legumes or mushrooms. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be chomping on fewer calories: The portion of both the patty and the toppings matter (we’ll hit toppings in a bit). Aim for a 4-ounce patty, which tends to shrink to 3 ounces after cooking. If you’re using ground meat or poultry, bulk it up with fresh herbs like mint or parsley, or chopped fresh vegetables like peppers, mushrooms or olives.

If you choose beef, choose 90 percent lean or higher. Bison and venison are also leaner red meat choices. Poultry such as ground turkey or chicken can be higher in saturated fat and calories if dark meat and skin are used in the mix. If you choose to use ground chicken or turkey, look for breast only.

Here are 5 of the best healthy and nutritious pizza crust substitutes:

1. Whole-Wheat Pizza Base

Whole wheat (atta) is the best substitute for refined flour. Simply replace the refined flour with this flour and proceed to make pizza base as usual. Don't worry, it won't taste like roti and would give you the same pleasure of eating the delicious pizza.

2. Oats Pizza Base

Oats is a superfood that is high-fibre and low-fat food and is considered great for weight loss. Take rolled oats or instant oats and grind them in a blender till it turns into a powder form. Use this powder instead of regular flour and make your healthy pizza base.

3. Cauliflower Pizza Base

Cauliflower florets are mashed in a grinder or food processor and left on a strainer to drain out water. The mixture is added to eggs and enhanced with spices like oregano and pepper to make a crispy, thin-crust pizza base.

4. Multi-Grain Pizza Base

As the name suggests, this is made with a cluster of different healthy flours – whole-wheat, maize flour (makki ka atta), oats flour etc. To the flours, add seeds like flax seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Mix them all together and make multigrain pizza base with this healthful mixture.

5. Chickpea Pizza Base

Give your pizza a makeover with a shiny, golden pizza base made with chickpea (Kabuli chana) flour that is loaded with nutrients. Boil and grind chickpeas to make a fine paste and make your pizza base with it.

We hope to have solved your problem of resisting your favourite pizza. Make these healthy pizza crusts and keep enjoying pizza in its healthier form.

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Avoid Salty Meats & Add Lean Proteins


Adding protein to your pie will help fill you up which means you'll be less tempted to go back for another slice. But not any source of the muscle-building nutrient will do. Pizza classics like pepperoni, bacon, and sausage are packed with unhealthy saturated fats and tons of salt. Skip 'em and opt for grilled chicken, sliced ham, or anchovies (a potent source of healthy fats), instead.

Pizza with Turkey Pepperoni

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Here, we use Boboli's whole-wheat thin crust shell as a low-calorie, fiber-rich base. We then load the pizza with a team of nutritional all-stars (red peppers, artichokes, fresh basil), and a good amount of turkey pepperoni. Torn deli ham or Canadian bacon would also work great here. You're your own delivery person now!

Get our recipe for Pizza with Turkey Pepperoni.

5 Deliciously Creative Pizza Recipes with a Twist

Hear us out, pizza purists: Inventive chefs are increasingly thinking outside the delivery box, playing with unconventional textures and rich new flavor combinations. But don't take our word for it—put these creative pies to your taste test.

In the mood for a healthier pie without refined flour (or gluten)? Pile your favorite toppings on meaty, earthy portobello mushrooms. Or try the low-carb go-to: a "dough" of cauliflower, herbs and sharp Parmesan. With all that added flavor, you won't miss the starch.

If crunchy is your thing, cornmeal is your secret weapon, giving you the coarser texture you crave and corn's special carby satisfaction.

Store-bought pitas or flatbreads offer the chewiness of a standard crust with none of the work, so you can focus your efforts on imaginative toppings, like salty-sweet chickpeas and velvety pureed avocado.

The most creative pizza base we've come across? No crust at all. Chef Rolando Beramendi, author of Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way, delivers a bottomless pie that might be even more ooey-gooey good than the classic. He deems it "a cross between fondue, mozzarella sticks and pizza." Enough said.

Portobello Personal Pizzas

This is the ultimate low-carb pizza recipe for those who want to quell that pizza craving without so much prep and clean up. Just convert a big portobello mushroom into an edible plate for pizza goodness, and you are ready to indulge.

As a side bonus, the portobello mushroom is a delivery mechanism for healing compounds that aren’t found in the plant kingdom. One of these beneficial compounds is known as L-ergothioneine (ERGO).

Studies have found that people who have low levels of ERGO tend to have a higher risk for many chronic inflammatory diseases, especially those affecting red blood cells/hemoglobin. Research also shows that it may be helpful for counteracting damage to mitochondrial DNA and protecting against neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease.

Portabello mushrooms can also serve as an oil sponge that will soak up all of the deliciously healthy olive oil that you will use in this recipe. Not only will this help you meet your daily fat requirements, but it will provide you with a great source of monounsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

20 Delicious And Nutritious Pizza Recipes For Children

Vegan Pizza Recipes

1. Vegan veggie bonanza

You will need:

  • 1¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1tsp active yeast
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅓ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup bell pepper (sliced)
  • ¼ cup red onion (sliced)
  • ¼ cup tomato (sliced)
  • ¼ cup button mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup broccoli florets (sliced)
  • 1tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • Handful of Kalamata olives (sliced)
  • Handful of fresh basil

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 435°F (223°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  1. Mix warm water, yeast, and all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Set aside for a few minutes to activate.
  1. After a few minutes, add whole wheat flour, salt, herbs, garlic, and olive oil to the bowl and mix well.
  1. Knead the mix into a ball. Cover the dough with a muslin cloth and let it sit for 15 minutes in a warm place.
  1. After 15 minutes, pour half a teaspoon of olive oil over the dough and spread it with your hands. Kneadather the dough into a ball again.
  1. Now, dust some flour on a flat surface and spread the pizza dough into a circle with a diameter of 13 to 14 inches. Keep the thickness thin. Leave the edges thicker than the center. Let the flattened dough or pizza base sit for a few minutes.
  1. Spread pizza sauce on the pizza base and distribute sliced veggies and olives onto it evenly. Keep the base on the baking tray.
  1. Mix garlic, a teaspoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and oregano seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the vegetables.
  1. Lastly, drizzle vegan cheese on the top and bake the pizza for 17 to 18 minutes until the edges puff and turn golden.
  1. Take out the pizza from the oven and garnish with fresh basil. You can also use some more herbs and peppers if you desire.

2. Spinach artichoke vegan delight

You will need:

  • 1 whole wheat pizza base
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup canned artichoke hearts (rinsed and quartered)
  • 1 cup canned white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup vegan mozzarella
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Salt and ground black pepper powder, to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  1. Blend white beans, cashews, lemon juice, water, and nutritional yeast into a smooth paste. Ensure no lumps or chunks of beans are present.
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté onion for about three minutes until they turn translucent.
  1. Add garlic, two cups of spinach, and cook for an additional three minutes. Stir in the white bean mixture, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  1. Evenly spread the bean mixture on the pizza base. Cut the artichoke hearts in quarters and put them on the pizza base with the remaining spinach.
  1. Sprinkle vegan mozzarella on the top and bake the pizza as per the instructions on the pizza base package.
  1. Once done, serve hot with mint dip, ketchup, or hot salsa sauce. You can also sprinkle some Italian herbs mix on the top to enhance the pizza’s flavor.

3. Vegan Margherita

You will need:

  • 1 grain-free pizza base
  • 2 fresh Roma tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 bell peppers (sliced)
  • ⅓ cup pizza sauce or marinara sauce
  • ½ cup vegan mozzarella
  • 1tbsp Italian herbs mix
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle on top

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven as per instructions on the pizza base package.
  1. Spread the sauce on top of the pizza base and top it up with basil leaves, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
  1. Sprinkle vegan cheese and bake the pizza until the edge is crispy and the cheese is gooey.
  1. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle the herbs mix. Serve hot.
  1. You can add more veggies to this recipe and experiment with the ingredients to suit your liking.

4. Ethiopian chickpea vegan pizza

You will need:

  • 1 gluten-free pizza base
  • 1½ cup canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ cup tahini dill sauce
  • 1 small tomato (sliced)
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground mustard
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of clove powder, ginger powder, allspice, and ground cinnamon
  • Handful of fresh cilantro (chopped)

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  1. Meanwhile, mix ground coriander, paprika, cumin, mustard, black pepper, cardamom powder, clove powder, ginger powder, allspice, and cinnamon powder in a bowl. Set aside.
  1. Put the chickpeas in a bowl and add the spice mix to it. Add garlic, onion, salt, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Gently toss to coat.
  1. Brush the pizza base with the remaining olive oil and place sliced tomatoes. Spread spiced chickpeas and place sliced onions over them.
  1. Drizzle tahini sauce and bake for 18 minutes until the pizza base rises and its edges turn golden brown.
  1. Once done, garnish the pizza with cilantro and serve. You can add more veggies to enhance the recipe’s nutritional composition.

5. Vegan BBQ Hawaiian pizza

You will need:

  • 100g raw cashews
  • 2tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole wheat pizza base
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup mushrooms (sliced)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • ¼ cup pineapple (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 red pepper(thinly sliced)
  • 1 small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  1. To prepare the cashew sauce, soak cashews in water for at least two hours.
  1. After two hours, put the cashews, yeast, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a blender and blend into a smooth, lump-free sauce.
  1. Add water to adjust the consistency. You can also add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as per your taste. Once done, pour the sauce into a bowl and set it aside.
  1. Spread BBQ sauce over the pizza base and layer it with all the toppings.
  1. Place the pizza on the baking tray and bake it for ten minutes, until its crust and edges turn lightly golden.
  1. Transfer the pizza to a plate and drizzle cashew sauce on it. Slice the pizza and serve.

6. Thai tofu pizza

You will need:

  • 3tbsp peanut butter
  • 1tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wheat pizza crust
  • 1 cup firm tofu (cubed)
  • ⅔ cup pineapple (chopped)
  • ¼ cup bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium carrot (shredded)
  • 1 medium tomato (chopped)
  • ½ lime (juiced)
  • 1tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp curry powder

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line the baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  1. In a bowl, whisk peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and sambal oelek. Slowly add olive oil until it mixes well with the other ingredients.
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. As the oil begins heating, add tofu and curry powder. Cook for around ten minutes until the tofu turns golden brown.
  1. Place the pizza base on the baking tray and spread the peanut sauce over it. Layer the sauce first with the carrot, followed by tomato, pineapple, and tofu.
  1. Bake the pizza for ten minutes until the crust turns light brown. Remove the pizza from the oven and garnish with onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, and mint.
  1. Sprinkle lime juice over pizza and serve immediately.

7. Moroccan spiced potato pizza

You will need:

  • 1 freshly-kneaded pizza dough
  • 1 cup baby potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • ½ cup homemade pizza sauce
  • ½ cup vegan mozzarella
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan
  • ½ cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • 5 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 2 shallots (sliced)
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mints
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1tsp salt

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease a baking tray with olive oil and set it aside.
  1. Boil thinly sliced potatoes in water for five minutes over low heat. Drain and pat dry using a clean muslin cloth.
  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add potatoes to the pan and cook for two minutes until they turn golden brown. Turn off the flame and set the potato slices aside on a plate.
  1. Put the pizza dough on a flat surface. Lightly dust with the flour and roll out the pizza dough into a rectangular base.
  1. Transfer the pizza base to a baking tray and press it lightly to ensure it fits.
  1. Spread pizza sauce on the base and layer it with the fried baby potatoes, tomatoes, and shallots.
  1. Sprinkle garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella on top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the edges are golden and crispy.

Vegetarian Pizzas

8. Veggie supreme

You will need:

  • 1 multigrain pizza base
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes (drained and diced)
  • 1 cup zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • ¼ cup red onion (chopped)
  • ½ cup pitted olives (chopped)
  • ½ cup green or red pepper (chopped)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley (minced)
  • 1tbsp pizza sauce
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 1tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1tsp dried basil
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp olive oil

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  1. Boil tomatoes, parsley, sugar, Italian seasoning, dried basil, garlic powder, and pepper in a saucepan over low flame for 15 to 18 minutes until the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat and keep the pan aside to cool.
  1. Place the pizza base on the baking tray and evenly spread the sauce onto it. Layer it with mozzarella cheese, cooked vegetables, and olives.
  1. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese melts, and the edges turn golden brown.
  1. Remove from the oven and serve warm with homemade garlic dip or hummus.

9. Mediterranean veggie sizzles

You will need:

  • 1 whole wheat pizza base
  • 3 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • ⅓ cup pitted Kalamata olives (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 2 large tomatoes (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Handful of basil leaves (chopped)

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
  1. Grease a baking tray with olive oil and place a flattened pizza base on it. Bake for eight to ten minutes until the edges turn light brown.
  1. After ten minutes, take out the pizza from the oven and set it aside to cool.
  1. Once the base cools, brush olive oil on its crust and top it with garlic, mozzarella, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan cheese.
  1. Put the pizza back into the oven and bake for ten to 12 minutes until the crust develops a golden layer and the cheese melts completely.
  1. Transfer the pizza to a serving plate, sprinkle red pepper flakes, and garnish with basil leaves. Serve immediately with a homemade dip and healthy mocktail of your child’s choice.

10. Tomato baguette pizza

You will need:

  • 1 French bread baguette (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup fresh cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
  • 3 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 red onions (halved and sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2tsp virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp homemade Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Grease a baking tray with olive oil and set it aside.
  1. Add marinara sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Mix well to ensure everything is well combined.
  1. Heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet and pour the marinara sauce mix. Cook for five minutes on low heat.
  1. Spread the marinara sauce mix on the baguette halves and put them on the baking tray. Sprinkle cheese and chopped basil leaves.
  1. Put the baking tray into the oven and bake for ten to 15 minutes until the cheese melts and the crust turns golden.
  1. Serve with homemade dip and fresh ginger ale or lemonade to make a delightful supper for children.

11. Grilled flatbread veggie max

You will need:

  • 2 whole wheat flatbreads
  • 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (julienned)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • ¼ cup black olives (sliced)
  • ¼ cup homemade pesto
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2tbsp olive oil

How to prepare:

  1. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, olive, and bell pepper until tender.
  1. Add baby spinach, salt, and black pepper, and cook for an additional three minutes until spinach wilts.
  1. Meanwhile, brush both sides of the flatbreads with olive oil. Grill them covered over medium heat for two to three minutes until both sides turn light brown.
  1. Once done, remove the flatbread from the grill and set it aside on a plate to cool. Next, spread pesto on the grilled side of the flatbread and layer the sauce with vegetable mixture and cheese.
  1. Return the flatbread to the grill and cook covered until the cheese melts and the crust becomes light brown.
  1. Transfer the flatbread to a plate and serve warm with cheesy dip and fresh fruit shake.

12. Grilled Caprese naan pizza

You will need:

  • 2 freshly baked naans
  • ½ cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (thinly sliced)
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Heat balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for eight to ten minutes until it reduces to a tablespoon.
  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush olive oil on both sides of the naan and place it in the pan.
  1. Press the naan with a spatula to sear it. Cook naan on both sides until they begin to char. Repeat the process with the second naan.
  1. Once done, transfer the naans to a plate and top each naan with cheese, tomatoes, and basil leaves.
  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper and drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar. Serve hot with a dip and drink of your child’s choice for a soulful evening snack.

13. Mango and hatch chile pizza

You will need:

  • 1 whole wheat pizza base
  • 1 ripe mango (diced)
  • 1 hatch chile (sliced)
  • 1 green onion (chopped)
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Fresh cilantro (chopped, for garnishing)

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 410°F (210°C). Grease a baking tray with a teaspoon of olive oil.
  1. Put the pizza base on the baking tray and spread an even layer of olive oil on it.
  1. Place slices of mango, hatch chile, and green onion. Sprinkle ground black pepper and mozzarella cheese.
  1. Bake for 14 minutes until the crust turns brown and the cheese melts completely.
  1. Once done, transfer the pizza to a serving plate and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve warm with a herbs dip and lemonade.

14. Mexican black bean pizza

You will need:

  • 1 wheat-based pizza base
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ cup small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup cheese blend (grated)
  • ½ cup homemade salsa
  • ¼ cup boiled corn
  • ¼ cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 small limes (juiced and zest separated)
  • 1tbsp pizza seasoning
  • 2tbsp olive oil

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
  1. Meanwhile, place the pizza base on a baking tray and lightly brush it with olive oil.
  1. Spread an even layer of salsa on it, followed by half of the cheese and a handful of cilantro. Set it aside and prepare the bean and veggie mix.
  1. In a large bowl, combine black beans with onion, tomatoes, boiled corn, lemon juice, lemon zest, and pizza seasoning. Mash the mixture with a potato masher.
  1. Spread this mixture evenly on the pizza crust and sprinkle the remaining cheese and cilantro.
  1. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes until the cheese bubbles and the crust turns brown around the edges.
  1. Once done, serve hot with a dip of your choice. You can add more veggies and spices to experiment with this recipe.

11 Adventurous Flatbread Recipes That May Put Pizza to Shame

Pizza is great. But what if we told you that something greater, perhaps even tastier, exists? Please don’t get mad at us. Sometimes, the truth hurts, and it isn’t what we want to hear.

But pizza has a competitor.

Look, we love pizza, OK? But flatbread’s crispy base, adventurous toppings, and (comparatively) bite-size portions are pretty heckin’ flavorful and light.

Going for a little less dough and cheese can be a pleasant departure from the bread baby that some heftier pizzas can give you.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Give these 11 flatbread recipes a whirl — and don’t blame us if you give up late night pizza for good.

Prepare to meat your (flatbread) maker…

1. Cheddar, pancetta, and apple flatbread

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Sometimes the simplest combinations yield the best results. And it rarely gets better than pancetta.

In this recipe, a few high quality ingredients combine to make a light yet incredibly tasty appetizer or snack.

Pro tip: Use a white, crumbly aged cheddar for the best flavor. We also recommend drizzling a touch of honey on top of the cheese before baking to add a hint of sweetness to the meatness in your eatness.

If you don’t yet know your Gruyere from your Camembert, here’s our rundown of everything cheese.

2. Greek flatbread with tzatziki sauce

Greek cuisine is a pillar of the flatbread universe.

This recipe is a lazy chef’s dream. Simply cook ground turkey, brush the flatbread with olive oil, top with deliciousness (in this case, veggies and crumbled feta), and pop it in the oven.

You can even skip the turkey and use precooked chicken breast or leave the meat out altogether, but then you’ll definitely want to support the texture and flavor with extra cheese.

We do suggest making your own tzatziki. The taste is worth the extra chopping. Greek yogurt is the foundation of any tzatziki worth its salt — we’ve got 39 ways to use it.

3. Crispy prosciutto flatbread pizza

OK, so this is a pizza in flatbread clothing. So what? Are you gonna complain when it’s inside your face? We didn’t think so.

It’s hard to go wrong with prosciutto and arugula. Add shaved Parmesan and a homemade sun-dried tomato chutney and you’ve got yourself a party-pleaser — even if it’s only a party of one (and a party of one is still a party).

The best part: The recipe calls for lavash bread from Trader Joe’s. Why make dough from scratch when, well, you don’t have to?

4. California chicken flatbread with chipotle ranch sauce

Close your eyes and picture a taco and then a pizza. Now imagine the two glorious foods merging. It’s like the pottery scene from “Ghost,” only way sexier.

Open your eyes and meet the California chicken flatbread, topped with bacon, avocado, shredded cheese (we like pepper jack for extra oomph), and chipotle ranch sauce. You’ll be drooling before you even start cooking.

Yep, it’s that great. We love a good culinary fusion.

From the earth into your mouth.

5. Flatbread salad pizza with pesto, shaved asparagus, mushrooms, and feta

We love salads — especially when they’re served on top of bread. It’s a sneaky, effective salad delivery system.

This fun dish works as a main meal or a side. The best part? You can pull this together in less than 15 minutes.

Plus, you can go wild experimenting with the toppings. But don’t skimp on the red pepper flakes or balsamic vinegar (or the cheese, but that goes without saying).

6. Savory pear, date, and burrata flatbread with crispy sage

Pineapple on pizza? Debatable. Pear on flatbread? Undeniable.

The burrata cheese gives the flatbread a creamer, oozier texture, and cooked dates add just the right amount of sweetness.

Top it off with flash-fried sage and say hello to a little slice of heaven. Pears are an irresistible, healthy fall favorite for a reason.

7. Caprese hummus flatbread pizza

Mozzarella and hummus may not sound like a match made in heaven. But trust us: They go together almost as well as rama-lama-lama-ka-dinga-da-dinga-dong. (And this flatbread will be Olivia Newton-Gone quicker than you know it.)

Hummus also adds extra protein to a traditional caprese salad, meaning you have a solid excuse to eat seconds.

We assume, by this point in the article, that you still miss pizza. And that’s understandable. So here are 74 ways to make a healthier one. Don’t sleep on flatbreads, though.

8. Blueberry fennel flatbread with whipped feta

Juicy blueberries, soft fennel, and cloud-like flatbread make this recipe a foodie’s dream.

The pine nuts and radish shavings add a slightly crunchy texture, and the whipped feta brings all the ingredients together like one big, happy, edible family.

Don’t forget to serve with a lemon wedge — a little juice goes a long way. Plus, it confirms your arrival at peak fanciness. If you’re after food that looks fancy without the effort, we’ve always got your back.