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Personal Veggie Pizza

Personalized Veggie PizzaWhen you think of healthy eating, pizza may not pop into your mind. It has received a bad rep over the years. Granted, a few organic pizza shops have opened in my hometown and the push for no preservatives or artificial flavoring has created a few more options for us, consumers.

However, these are not your only options. Have you ever tried to make your own pizza? I’ve always dodged that option simply because I would end up buying pre-made this and that, which in turn would yield similar pizza quality to that of the franchise next door. And, my time would be consumed too.

So what to do? No worries. Everything is under control. This was my invention after I soon found out I was pregnant with my second child. I was craving vegetables and wanted nothing to do with meat at the time. Being very picky with my food and wanting to make healthy choices too, I knew making my own food would allow me to be more in control of what I am consuming. So one day when a great craving for pizza came upon me, I opened my refrigerator and thought of how I could quench my strong craving. I had a few very basic and simple ingredients. I found tortillas, cheese,mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, olives and peppers. My mind quickly placed all these ingredients in a formula that yielded one very delicious result: pizza!

We are a family that stays busy and we do not spend much time making lavish meals on a daily basis. I think most people could relate to us. So when I decided to make my own pizza I kept time and ease in consideration, especially when your toddler in pulling at your shirt begging for you to play legos and trains with him. I know I’m not the only mom who is in that situation on a daily basis.

I started by placing a few medium tortillas on a baking sheet. I began layering the tortilla with cheese, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, peppers, olives and onions. I would then sprinkle some more cheese on top. I drizzle the pizza and toppings with olive oil and put Into a 350 degree oven for twenty minutes.

The only thing that takes the most time is all the dicing however, my son loves to get involved with chopping food so it essentially becomes a great activity for us to do together.

After twenty minutes, the pizza is done. My favorite part is how delicious and crispy the tortilla gets. It reminds me of a thin crust pizza, which is my favorite!

The middle of the pizza doesn’t get as crispy as the edges do, however, it is still delicious and enjoyable.

I love that this can be customized to fit everyone’s needs. If you love or hate a certain ingredient: add or completely take it out of the pizza!

Sometimes, my husband likes to eat the pizza with some salsa on the side. Or even sour cream! I am not much of a pizza sauce lady so the lack of it in my pizza does not bother me at all. I feel like it makes everything much healthier.

I hope this becomes a personal favorite for you and something that you can “whip up” in no time!

Personal Veggie Pizza

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium size tortilla
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 3/4 of a tomato
  • 2-3 white mushrooms
  • 6 olives
  • 1/4 of a red or yellow pepper (or add both!)
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • 1/2 a teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Diced tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, olives and onions.
  3. Place a medium tortilla on a baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese onto tortilla, covering the whole tortilla.
  5. Begin layering diced ingredients.
  6. Once complete, sprinkle a small bit of cheese on top. A few pinches, really.
  7. Place the baking sheet with pizza into the oven and allow to bake for 20 minutes.

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