Love pizza? Don’t want to spend the money (or time) on take out? Don’t want to bother making a pizza crust? Have I got some ideas for you!
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all of these alternative pizza crusts work best if toasted lightly before adding sauce or toppings.
English Muffins. Divide an English muffin in half. Toast lightly. Add pizza sauce and toppings and bake until the cheese melts.
Pita Bread. Use whole wheat pitas for the healthiest meal. Don’t use the pockets or divide the pita in half.
Thick Tortillas. Any kind works, although whole wheat tortillas seem to hold up the best. Corn tortillas have a tendency to fall apart once you put sauce on.
Thin Sandwich Bread. Have you seen those round, very thin pieces of bread designed for sandwiches? They are a favorite among dieters because they have fewer calories (due to their thinness). These work for pizza, too!
Mushrooms. Large portabella mushrooms are a super-healthy alternative to pizza crust! You don’t have to toast them before putting on pizza sauce, but you could try roasting them lightly.
Hamburger Buns. Whole wheat is healthiest, but any kind will do.
French Loaves. Any type of French loaf bread, split in half lengthwise, makes a superb pizza “crust.” Feeling indulgent? Use the frozen type with garlic butter in it.
Cauliflower. No, really. Cauliflower can be made to taste like almost anything. Cook some frozen cauliflower according to the directions on the package. Allow to cool slightly, then grate it. You’ll want 1 cup to make a single pizza “crust.” (Freeze any leftovers). Combine the shredded cauliflower with 1 beaten egg and 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Spray a baking sheet and press the cauliflower mixture onto the pan, forming a “crust.” Sprinkle with herbs, like oregano, thyme, and parsley. Bake for 13 minutes, or until golden. Add sauce and toppings and pop back into the oven until the cheese is melted.
Zucchini. Perhaps even more so than cauliflower, zucchini takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with. Combine 2 cups shredded zucchini (no need to take off the skin first), 2 beaten eggs, ¼ cup of flour, ½ cup shredded mozzarella, ½ cup shredded parmesan, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with herbs. Spray a baking sheet and press the zucchini “curst” into the pan. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden. Add toppings and place back in the oven until the cheese melts.
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