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The Nutrition Twins Pizza … with Pizzazz

Whether you order it in, or heat up a frozen one, pizza is a staple item in many homes. It’s quick, easy, and when you think about it, who really doesn’t like pizza?! Our favorite type is our healthy variety of pizza that we make ourselves. It’s fun to make and tastes great! Enjoy!

Pizza … with Pizzazz!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of whole wheat pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (if you have a good no-sodium added variety that’s ideal from a  health standpoint)
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese (low-fat), shredded
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Toppings:

  • 4 olives sliced horizontally so they make round circles
  • 3 slices red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup spinach

Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle flour on a clean flat kitchen surface to prevent dough from sticking. Place dough ball in the center and roll out.  Sprinkle flour on a large baking sheet to prevent sticking and  place the rolled out dough on it. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. In a medium sized bowl, combine the tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and garlic powder and whisk them together. Spread sauce mixture over baked dough and sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella.

If it’s Halloween and you want to get festive, add olives as you would to make eyes on a face and bell peppers to make the smile and nose and eye brows.  Use spinach to make the hair.  Otherwise add the veggies as you choose, in any random arrangement. Bake the pizza for another 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven when cheese is melted and the edges are crisp.

Each serving is less than 250 calories; and we think it even tastes better than if ordered from an Italian restaurant! Like all of our meals, we serve it with a large salad and a side of steamed veggies. We often also top it with peppers, onions and mushrooms. How do you lighten up your pizza?

 

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The Nutrition Twins Pizza ... with Pizzazz
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of whole wheat pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (if you have a good no-sodium added variety that’s ideal from a  health standpoint)
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese (low-fat), shredded
  • ½ tsp of garlic powder
  • Toppings:
  • 4 olives sliced horizontally so they make round circles
  • 3 slices red bell peppers
  • ¾ cup spinach
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle flour on a clean flat kitchen surface to prevent dough from sticking. Place dough ball in the center and roll out.  Sprinkle flour on a large baking sheet to prevent sticking and  place the rolled out dough on it. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. In a medium sized bowl, combine the tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and garlic powder and whisk them together. Spread sauce mixture over baked dough and sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella.
  2. If it's Halloween and you want to get festive, add olives as you would to make eyes on a face and bell peppers to make the smile and nose and eye brows.  Use spinach to make the hair.  Otherwise add the veggies as you choose, in any random arrangement. Bake the pizza for another 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven when cheese is melted and the edges are crisp.

Pumpkin Pancakes

We’re officially pumpkin obsessed–all year round!  How can we not be? The pumpkin flesh has a delicious flavor and one-half cup has just 40 calories, a whooping four grams of fiber and more than your daily need for beta carotene! One of our favorites is pumpkin pancakes.  And this recipe is a fave of ours because it’s comfort food, but made the guilt free way!

 

Psst… looking for more lightened-up comfort food?  Please feel free to search this site, as we love to make slash calories while still keeping the food delish!  And here are a few more to try…

Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skinny Oreo Balls

Skinny Potato Skins

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

 

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What’s more-there are so many fun things you can do around Halloween other than eat candy. It’s so much fun to decorate the house with spider webs and witches, to make a creative homemade costume, and to go pick pumpkins and then paint or carve them and use them to make delicious meals!

One of our favorite things to do is to bake with the “guts” of the pumpkins we carve!

We always take the seeds, put them on a baking sheet, and bake them until they are crispy. They’re a perfect Halloween snack to leave in a “candy” bowl!

We also love to add the pumpkin “guts” to all sorts of recipes, including breads, pies, pasta dishes, soups, and sauces–and even brownies! We’ll get that recipe to you soon! 🙂

Pumpkin flesh has a delicious flavor and 1 cup has just 40 calories, a whooping four grams of fiber and more than your daily need for beta carotene! One of our favorites is pumpkin pancakes.

We have several recipes for the Perfect Palate-Pleasing Pumpkin Pancakes and here’s one of the recipes we use that we used when we were growing up-  the cottage cheese and sour cream add a nice rich texture and flavor (plus protein!) but without all of the calories of cream! Yum!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Makes: 10 medium-sized pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs)
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ cup non fat sour cream
  • ½ cup sifted flour
  • 1/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Mix all well in blender.
  2. Let stand at least 10 minutes.
  3. Cook on 400° griddle.

 

Nutrition Facts (without salt to taste) Per 1 pancake: 54 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 202 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g protein

2 Pancakes = 108 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 16 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 8 grams of protein

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Pumpkin Pancakes
 
Pumpkin Pancakes Makes: 10 medium-sized pancakes
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (we use Eggland's Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs)
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ cup non fat sour cream
  • ½ cup sifted flour
  • ⅓ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preparation:
  2. Mix all well in blender.
  3. Let stand at least 10 minutes.
  4. Cook on 400° griddle.
  5. Nutrition Facts (without salt to taste) Per 1 pancake: 54 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 202 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g protein
  6. Pancakes = 108 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 16 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 8 grams of protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Pancake Calories: 54 Fat: 1g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 8g Sugar: 1g Sodium: 202mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 4g