Healthy and Homemade

Everybody loves a good slice of pizza.  Unfortunately, those greasy, cheesy slices of pizza don’t always love us back.  Here is a different approach to one of our favorite Italian meals.  It is a little high in sodium, but overall it is a great, healthy alternative to pepperoni and sausage.

Whole Wheat Pita Pizza

SERVINGS – 4

COOK TIME – 7

TOTAL TIME – 35

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 ounces broccoli flowers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
15-20 ounces garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
4 whole wheat pitas (6 inches each), split horizontally in half
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 medium plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add broccoli flowers, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender-crisp.

2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, with potato masher or fork, mash beans with ricotta and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until almost smooth.

3. Arrange pita halves on 2 large cookie sheets. Bake 3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Spread bean mixture on toasted pitas. Top with broccoli mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 7 to 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with tomatoes to serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Calories: 510
Total Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 27 mg
Sodium: 1155 mg
Carbohydrates: 77 g
Fiber: 13 g
Protein: 27 g

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