THE TORTILLA PIZZA THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
An easy healthy pizza made with a simple tortilla
When you’re feeling tired and hungry after a long work day, and you need a slice of life for that much needed pick-me-up, what better than a quick, healthy pizza?
I know what it’s like to come home after a long day at work completely exhausted and not have enough energy to cook a healthy meal. I get it. It’s easy and oh-so-tempting to throw all of your hard work and health goals out the window and reach for the take-out menu. I’ve been there.
This is my favorite kind of pizza – a healthier alternative to pizza (and take-out) that’s both gluten-free and dairy-free, as well as low in calories (it’s cheese-free but still delicious). It doesn’t leave me feeling gross the next day and doesn’t destroy my energy or give me bloat. It’s also the perfect quick and easy lunch or dinner!
This tortilla pizza is also ideal as a weight-loss meal, or as part of a weight-loss meal – as it only contains about 360 calories (for the entire pizza), or even less without the chicken (the chicken-less version will be roughly 280 calories).
LIVING THE HEALTHY PIZZA DREAM
I just love pizza, but I’ve always hated how I feel after eating pizza because of the oil, dairy, gluten and excessive calories. I wanted to create something quick and easy, but also low in calories, dairy-free and gluten-free.
So I decided to use a brown rice tortilla wrap (you can also use other gluten-free tortillas) with tomato paste to give the taste and look of a pizza without the extravagant amount of calories. Brown rice tortillas offer a much lower calorie count to regular pizza bases, and more fibre – making it better for digestion.
The nutritional yeast, dried basil or oregano, olives, onion salt and black pepper also add to the distinct ‘pizza flavor’ that we all know and love. Nutritional yeast is often used as a parmesan cheese substitute because it has a distinct cheesy taste – perfect as a vegan alternative to cheese (don’t expect it to be melty like cheese, it’s not magic – but it does taste really good). It’s also a highly nutritious food and may help protect against oxidative damage, lower cholesterol and boost immunity. Like cheese, it can be used to add extra protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to meals. Personally, I like to throw on a bit of cooked chicken for some protein. As a vegan option, you can leave out the chicken as it will taste just as good without!
For the finishing touches, I top it off with some fresh spinach, arugula or fresh basil. These fresh leaves add so many amazing vitamins and minerals, and add a gourmet touch to a quick meal. Spinach is high in iron and contains vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B2, folate, manganese and magnesium. Arugula also contains many vitamins, but is especially high in calcium which may help the blood to clot normally, while basil contains powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
This tortilla pizza is so quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious! It’s the perfect end to a long day, or an easy meal to make during your lunch break. It genuinely tastes like pizza but without the guilt (and without all the calories).
HEALTHY TORTILLA PIZZA
-1 brown rice tortilla wrap (or gluten-free tortilla)
-1 Tablespoon pure tomato paste
-50g grilled chicken breast meat
-2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
-1/3 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
-1/2 small red bell pepper
-5 kalamata olives (pitted and halved)
-dried basil (or oregano)
-(optional as topping) fresh baby spinach, arugula or fresh basil
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 200 degrees Celsius
-Line a baking tray with baking paper
-Place tortilla wrap on baking paper and spread tomato paste on top
-Top tortilla with thinly sliced bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes and halved olives
-Then add the nutritional yeast, onion salt, black pepper and dried basil
-Bake for 15 minutes
-Serve hot and top with fresh baby spinach, arugula or fresh basil (optional)
-Roughly 360 calories (including all toppings, roughly 280 cal without chicken)
MADE WITH LOVE BY LIEZL JAYNE XO
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Photos and recipe by Liezl Jayne Strydom – for liezljayne.com