I put a status update on Facebook a few days ago about needing ideas for a quick, easy and tasty meal to make for dinner. My friend Johnell gave me this great idea and I figured I would share it with you! I didn’t have any pitas to use, so I didn’t actually make the meal, but I thought I could share it with you anyway since figuring out points is an easy task!
The perfect pita pizza is a relative concept. It’s based solely on the person eating the pizza. Luckily, these little slices of goodness are quick and easy to prep AND cook! I’ll be stocking up on pitas soon! One day I might be in a hawaiian mood, so my perfect pita pizza would be turkey bacon, pineapple and onion. My girlfriend might be in a greek mood, so her perfect pita pizza would probably be an olive oil and herb base topped with chicken, feta cheese and spinach. The possibilities are endless! (Seriously, how many times have I said this on my blog already?)
Points values are based on the ingredients used, but typically any type of small pita would be 2 points. You’ll probably use one that’s closer to 6 inches in diameter, though, so that will be 4 points. Most spaghetti sauces are about 3 points for a 1/2 cup and you’d probably use about 2 tbsp max on a pita pizza, so it would only be 1 point for the sauce. Cheese is typically about 2 points for a 1/4 cup (as long as it’s reduced-fat). I’d probably use that amount since I LOVE cheese. So…. if you did just a cheese pita pizza with 2 tbsp of sauce and a 1/4 cup of cheese, it would be 7 points! Add some veggies on there and it’s STILL only 7 points! Here are some easy directions for those of you that want them and I’ll list some ingredient suggestions at the end (with point values!)
Perfect Pita Pizzas
PointsPlus Per Serving: 7 (including pita, 2 tbsp spaghetti sauce and 1/4 cup reduced-fat cheese)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put pitas on a nonstick pan. Put sauce down (or olive oil) and spread around. Put on some herbs if you like.
2. Top with preferred toppings. Put on cheese. Repeat if desired.
3. Put in oven (either on pan or directly onto rack) and bake for about 10 minutes.
4. Take out, slice, enjoy!
Hawaiian (8 PP) – 1/4 cup pineapple, 1 slice ham/bacon, onion, 1/4 cup RF mozzarella cheese
Mexican (10 PP w/o enchilada sauce) – 1/4 cup ground turkey/beef/chorizo with taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, no sauce (or enchilada sauce), lettuce, diced onions, 1 tbsp sour cream, hot sauce, 1/4 cup mexican blend cheese
Italian (8 PP with red sauce) – 1 1/2 oz chicken sausage, sauteed onions and peppers, mozzarella cheese, PBO (parsley, basil, oregano), a bit of chopped garlic, either spaghetti sauce or a light rub of olive oil
Greek (9 PP) – 1 oz grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced onion, spinach, black olive, diced tomato
Veggie (7 PP)- black olives, sauteed onions and peppers, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella/cheddar cheese
Chili (10 PP) - 1 oz ground beef/turkey, chili powder, 1/4 cup chili beans or cannelini beans, diced onion, 2 tbsp sour cream, cheddar cheese
Breakfast (9 PP) – asparagus pieces, fresh sliced mushrooms, olive oil w/ salt, pepper and spices, colby/mozzarella cheese, cracked egg right on top of everything
Fire-Breather (9 PP) – pepperjack cheese, jalapeno slices (or habanero!), diced onion, chorizo/chicken, chili powder, tabasco/green chile sauce, sour cream, (either a low-fat ranch, enchilada sauce or red sauce on the bottom)
Well, I hope that you enjoy these different combinations. Remember, you can try any mix of ingredients that you like! Make a couple different kinds. Make sweeter ones if you want with sweetened ricotta cheese, fruit and a light whipped cream or yogurt on top. And if you make one and you shock yourself with it’s tasty goodness, comment on this entry and share the wealth! Good luck to you all in your future pita adventures!