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So I’ve been reading YOU: On a Diet, which is really interesting by the way, and Doctors Oz and Roizen really want us all to eat more cooked tomatoes.  Tomatoes contain lycopene which is full of antioxidants that  reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration.  I have no idea of what macular degeneration is but it sounds bad and I’m sure you’ll google it if you want to know.  The amount of all this good stuff is concentrated in cooked and canned tomatoes.  I love pasta with tomato sauce but the family would probably get sick of it if we had it 3 times a week.  I came up with this pizza because its super easy, the crust is just a whole wheat tortilla, and it has whole grain, tomato sauce, cheese for protein and veggies all in one.  I like to use jarred pasta sauce because I can screw the lid back on and heat it up later in the week with some cream cheese mixed in for cheesy tomato spaghetti.

Lean Ham and Pineapple Pizza

Seriously Simple Personal Pizza is extremely versatile, make it any way you like.  Kids can make their own pizza, keeping them busy for a few minutes and making them feel important.  Use good quality olive oil based pizza or pasta sauce.  Poorer quality sauces might have the dreaded and evil high fructose corn syrup, (see below if you want to know why it is so evil), and they usually have a higher water content that makes the crust soggy.  Don’t limit yourself to mozzarella cheese, use whatever you or your kids like.  We usually use Colby jack, and a sprinkle of Parmesan.  It’s a fun way to have your kids help cook and its fast and I’m fairly sure healthy – as long as you don’t use half a pound of cheese on one pizza.

You will need:

  • Whole wheat burrito or enchilada sized tortillas (Check the label for wholesomeness, but I usually get the store brand ones because they are slightly thinner and get crisper)
  • Pizza or Pasta sauce (about 1/4 cup per pizza)
  • Cheese (about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup per pizza)
  • Whatever toppings you like, ham and pineapple, mushrooms, red and green bell peppers, onions, spinach, leftover rotessiere chicken, olives. 
  • You will also need non-stick cooking spray and cookie sheets.  One cookie sheet per 2 pizzas

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray the cookie sheets with cooking spray.  Top your tortilla crust with about 1/4 cup of sauce.  Use more if you like a lot of sauce but your pizza may not get crispy in the middle.  Top sauce with cheese and other toppings.  Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes on lowest oven rack.  If you are using 2 cookie sheets use the 2 lowest racks and switch them halfway through.  Let them rest for a minute of two before slicing.  Enjoy! (seriously)

The Sweat of the Devil, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)  

My new friends Doctors Oz and Roizen say that your body doesn’t even recognize HFCS as food because it is so remarkably unnatural.  When you eat calories from a healthy food like nuts your brain recognizes the right kind of calories and sends “I’m satisfied” messages to you brain so that you stop eating when you’re full.  That part of your brain can’t recognize HFCS so your desire to eat is less inhibited and you eat more of the “bad ” food because your brain doesn’t think you’re satisfied.  Not only do you eat more of the processed food item at the moment you may eat again sooner because you still feel hungry. 

It really is a fascinating book, a little technical, but it explains so much about why we eat the things we do and how it all affects the way we think and feel and vice versa.  They also have YOU: The Owner’s Manual which contains a lot of the same info, but isn’t focused on weight loss.  For more info www.realage.com.

 

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