Mediterranean Pizza | Recipe

Mediterranean Pizza

I love healthy pizza! We make it whenever we get a chance. Like when I made a roasted vegetable pizza with my girlfriends. This is a healthy variation with feta cheese instead of loads of mozzarella. You may want to call it a flat bread. Pizza or flat bread, I think you’ll love it.

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough, whole wheat if desired
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 4 Cups spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Feta cheese
  • Ground black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and put your pizza stone in the oven to heat. This is the key to a good pizza, a very hot stone.
  2. While your oven heats place spinach in a bowl with a lid. Microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Move spinach to a towel or paper towel and blot to remove moisture and cool.
  4. When stone is hot, place rolled dough on the stone.
  5. Brush 1 teaspoon olive oil on the dough.
  6. Sprinkle marjoram over on the olive oil.
  7. Evenly spread the tomato slices on the pizza.
  8. Top with spinach, feta cheese, red onion, and olives.
  9. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over the pizza.
  10. Sprinkle with oregano and ground pepper.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! What are some of your favorite pizza toppings?

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Tomato Benefits

Tomatoes are an easy, healthful add to a diet. In New Jersey, you can’t beat a farm market fresh Jersey tomato. 🙂 Tomorrow, I’m sharing a recipe for bruschetta, so in the spirit I’m sharing the benefits of tomatoes.

Tomatoes are rich in:

  • Lycopene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K

The Mayo Clinic describes the benefits of tomatoes: “Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum levels with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.”

Add fresh tomato to any sandwich, wrap, salad, or eat it on its own. Tomatoes can be used to make pasta sauce, bruschetta, salsa, and ketchup.  If you don’t care for the taste of raw tomatoes, try chopping them into smaller pieces. You might not even know they’re there.

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Key To Success: Variety

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We have all heard the phrase “Variety is the spice of life”. I think that variety is so important to success. The last thing that you want is to allow your healthy eating to become boring or stale. Switching up your meals, snacks and exercise are just a few ways to keep things fresh.

When it comes to meals, plan on making a different meal every day of the month. Obviously you will be eating chicken or fish more than one meal a month but what you do with it is the key. Choosing a new recipe once a week can be helpful. Mix it up. Try using beans as your protein from time to time instead of meat, chicken or fish.

Try new vegetables to have with your meals. Vegetables are so versatile. You can roast them, sauté them, boil or steam them. I like to put asparagus on a George Foreman grill. Try to switch up your vegetables and eating a different one every day of the week will keep you from getting bored.

You have so many options with snacks. Think about what you would normally grab for a snack. What can you reach for that is already to go but is healthy and tastes good. I like to keep sliced strawberries in the refrigerator. Also a bag of carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. I buy them already cut and in a bag together. It may be a little more expensive than buying them and cutting them yourself but not a lot. Planning your snacks out ahead of time can be helpful. Snacks can be a little bit of protein, fruits, vegetables or even dairy. A container of yogurt with fresh fruit with it is a great filler. I also have a couple of slices of turkey breast for a snack or a slice or 2 of turkey bacon. Most of the snacks that I used to eat were basically empty calories. You want snacks that will taste good, satisfy you and hold you over until your next meal.

Switch up your exercise to work on different parts of your body and your stamina. Walking and running are great for cardio. There are many dvds that work on cardio and your core. They can be a little challenging to start but your body does adapt. After a couple of days, it gets much easier. I am a fan of Jillian Michaels dvds, some of the workouts are only 30 minutes. You don’t have to buy them, you can find some on youtube, some cable companies have exercise channels and you can always exchange some with your friends.

Since getting healthier is a life style change, you want to find different ways to change things up. All of these things are easy to do with just a little planning. Getting healthy should not be boring! Have fun making changes and seeing the results.

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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Lifetime of Success

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Last week I spoke about ditching diets and just eating healthier. Changing your eating life style will lead to success. Here is another tip for a lifetime of success.

Here is a different approach. Try eating more vegetables with each meal. Eat lean proteins and dairy, whole grains and fruits, drink more water. Cut out all of the extra sugar and fatty foods. That’s all. I am not saying eat 1 slice of dry toast for breakfast, a salad with fat free dressing for lunch and a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese for dinner. I am talking real foods and real amounts. Eat until you feel full and satisfied, not stuffed and ready to explode. (Stopping at full and satisfied may be something that you have to retrain your body and mind how to do, I know I did)

Add some exercise to your routine. You don’t need to do P90X to get the benefits of exercise. Just do more than you are doing right now. If you don’t do anything, take a brisk walk for 10 minutes. This again is a life style change, not all or nothing.

Your body does adapt. Once your walking becomes effortless, add a little more. Either increase your speed, add a few extra minutes or add more of an incline. All things to increase your heart rate and get your body stronger.

Next week I will talk about adding some variety to your healthy changes. Remember..small changes lead to big results.

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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Healthy Vegetable Pizza | Recipe

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This weekend I was joined by two of my girlfriends, Amanda and Laura. I love spending time with them they’re fun to be with and share my love of healthy food. We wanted to make pizza with a healthy spin, and this is what we came up with. I hope you will give it a try!

Vegetable Pizza

Healthy Vegetable Pizza

  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Zucchini
  • Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • Onion
  • Fresh basil
  • Red peppers
  • Olives
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasonings
  • Garlic salt
  1. Slick eggplant, zucchini, onion, and red peppers thinly.
  2. Place these vegetables on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  3. Broil the vegetables until they start to brown. Transfer to a plate. You will have to do a few cookie sheets of vegetables.
  4. Pre-heat the oven, with the pizza stone inside, to 400° F.
  5. Place whole wheat pizza dough on the pizza stone and top dough with a generous amount of sauce.
  6. Work with one vegetable at a time, place eggplant filling in a circle on top of the sauce, then do the same with the zucchini, onions, peppers, olives, and mushrooms.
  7. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese or sprinkle or a bit of Parmesan cheese if you want a healthier version.
  8. Add your favorite seasonings.
  9. Bake in the oven until top has browned. Approximately 25-30 minutes. I find that it’s better to use my nose and eyes to tell when the pizza is done rather than a clock.

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Vegetable Pizza

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