What’s Cooking?! Whole Wheat Muffin Pizza


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Pizza, beer, and Monday Night Football should be enjoyed, even in the home of a dietitian! But, I do try to make the pizza heart healthy and higher in fiber. Rather than ordering delivery, consider making your own pies! English muffin pizza makes for an easy, fast and interactive meal. Everyone creates individual pizzas with their favorite toppings and they are done in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:
– Whole wheat english muffins
– 1 tbl Salt-free tomato sauce per english muffin half (or make your own–remove ground meat and vegetables for plain tomato sauce)
– 1/8 cup Shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses per english muffin half
– Toppings! Here is where you get creative and add your flavor. Need some ideas?: Onion, peppers (red, green, yellow, mild, etc), olives, mushrooms, pineapple and thinly sliced turkey (lower in salt and fat than ham), low sodium and low-fat pepperoni, sliced tomato, spinach, etc.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit. If you have a pizza stone, leave it in the oven during preheating so that the pizzas cook faster. Prepare your pizzas and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust and cheese begin to brown.

The muffins create the perfect portions (1 whole muffin or 2 mini pizzas) served with a side salad or another non-starchy vegetable. Choosing whole wheat english muffins adds fiber for weight and blood sugar management, and the low-salt, low-fat sauce and meats limit saturated fat and sodium for heart health. I didn’t use low-fat cheese because (surprise, surprise) there is conflicting research about the risk/benefit of whole fat vs low-fat dairy products; and, to be honest, I love cheese and the low-fat versions just don’t do it for me!

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