Thursday, May 10, 2012

Portabella Pizzas

It always makes me happy when I can turn one of my unhealthy favorites into something that is tasty, crave-worthy and yet healthy all at the same time.  Pizza and pasta are my two great loves....I dream about them, I crave them every day, I wish each day was a holiday so I could eat them shamelessly and not gain weight....you see I came up with a theory in college that you don't actually gain weight on holidays....it's TRUE dog-gonit!  

Well regardless, my love of pizza is a long and storied tale....I reallly, really, really like it!!  I don't care if it has a million toppings on it or just covered in cheese.  I don't even care if it came from the local Jet's pizza or fresh out of a wood burning, stone pizza oven at a fancy Italian restaurant....I am going to devour it!

I have long been on the hunt for some way to make it healthy.  I didn't care for whole wheat crusts when I tried those and as much as I like a pizza made on a tortilla there was still something missing....until now!  Since mushrooms are one of my favorite pizza toppings I thought I would give this a go and boy am I glad I did!  It was so tasty and delicious and was a perfect substitute for the real deal....it's like tricking your self on a weeknight that you are eating late night, weekend kind of food....AMAZING!

Portabella Pizzas
6 mini Portabella mushrooms (or 2 large Portabella mushroom caps)
1/2 cup marinara sauce (I used Ragu Pizza Sauce and it was perfect)
1/2 oz. pepperoni (approx. 6 slices)
diced green pepper
3 oz. low-fat Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean mushrooms and scoop out the insides and stem with a spoon.

Place on baking pan and bake for 7 minutes. Remove mushrooms from oven, and turn the broiler to High.
On the mushrooms layer pizza sauce, cheese , pepper, and pepperoni slices.
  
Return pan to oven and broil on High for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to brown.  It will be helpful to use a pan with sides so that as the mushrooms cook and break down a little the sauce doesn't get all over the oven.
 
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1 comment:

  1. Gay Goodroe RoseMay 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Looks delicious, Ruthie! Definitely worth a try!

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