Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crispy Cheesburger Pizza

Sometimes, you just want pizza. You could have a healthy meal instead but there are times when you'd rather eat the soles of your own shoes than attempt to do this. Pizza essentially is a spare tire to wear around your midsection packaged up in a nice brown box and delivered to your doorstep. So what happens when your trying to watch your weight and you want to take out a box of this goodness anyway? Make a 240 calorie crispy cheeseburger pizza with this recipe from Hungry Girl. Katy made this the other day and it was excellent. The key is to use a low carb tortilla instead of pizza dough for the crust. The Joseph's lavash in the picture was only fifty calories. Everything on this crispy delicacy was a cheeseburger topping right down to the ketchup and mustard. Hungry Girl has a cookbook with all sorts of things that you'll get cravings for but shouldn't necessarily eat all the time. I've made some of their breakfast bowls which I've enjoyed and there are many recipes for low fat burgers and things. I don't generally use soy meat products but gravitate more toward lean ground turkey to replace beef. Here is the crispy cheeseburger pizza recipe from the Hungry Girl website:

1 1/2 tbsp. ketchup
1/2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like Boca or Morningstar Farms, thawed
1La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. chopped onion
3 tbsp. shredded lettuce
2 tbsp. chopped tomato
Optional toppings: hamburger dill pickle chips, additional ketchup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small dish, combine ketchup, mayo, and mustard, and mix until uniform. Add soy crumbles and toss to coat. Set aside.

Lightly spray a medium-large skillet with nonstick spray and bring to medium heat on the stove. Lay tortilla flat in the skillet and cook until slightly crispy, a few minutes on each side.

Transfer tortilla to a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Scoop soy crumble mixture into the center of the tortilla and spread it out evenly, leaving a 1/2-inch border around it. Evenly sprinkle with cheese and onion.

Bake in the oven for 11 - 13 minutes, until tortilla border browns and cheese melts.

Top with lettuce and tomato. If you like, add pickles and a squiggle of ketchup. Cut into slices and EAT!


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