Oh hey Friday. Unlike most other weeks,I haven’t been counting down to your arrival. Probably because it felt like Friday on Wednesday and I thought yesterday was Monday. Having a holiday mid-week does not help my schedule. Especially a holiday that starts a whole new year. I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck in some time-warp continuum or something since New Years Eve. Which is why I was shocked when I realized I haven’t posted in a week. Can I blame the fact I thought yesterday was Sunday?
How everyone’s New Years? New Years Eve was a blast for us. We spent it with some great friends (one you may recognize as Julie from Table For Two Blog!) We ate far too much, had too much bubbly and laughed quite a bit. It was nice to get all dolled up, wear lipstick and heels and go out to a fancy schmancy dinner that cost four times the amount of a normal one. Sometimes a girl just needs that, don’t you think?
Top left image courtesy of Julie
Christmas has passed, New Years is behind us and that means just one, sad little fact: It’s time to throw away the bubbles and the chocolate and replace them with power smoothies and quinoa. And the weird thing is that I’m so excited about this. I ended 2013 on a strong note, career and personal life wise, but not weight wise. I’m actually at one of the highest weights I’ve been in years and only some of that can be blamed on the holidays. That’s why my life this week and the rest of the month will compromise of low-cal meals, like these easy & healthy pita pizzas.
These are the best pizzas to make when you don’t feel like making yeast dough. I love homemade pizza dough, but this is so much easier (and tastes just as good). The pita bread crisps perfectly when baked, just like a thin-crust pizza. And each little pie is perfectly suited to one hungry girl or a very nice girl willing to share with her husband.
Instead of having to share, which I hate, I made two pizzas. One filled with sausage for my darling husband and one topped with chunks of fresh shrimp and red wine soaked mushrooms and garlic. Which is what those purple things on the pizza are, by the way. The husband said they looked like worms, which I have to admit, is sort of accurate. I promise though, they aren’t worms. Just wine soaked onions.
I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ve completely given up real food and started eating like a bird. Yet. We’ll see how much I weight next week and then we’ll talk.
Easy & Healthy Pita Pizzas
Serves 4 (1/2 pizza each).
Prep time: 5 – 10 minutes
Cook time: About 8 minutes
- 2 whole wheat pitas
- 1/2 cup low-sugar pizza or marinara sauce
- 3/4 cup part-skim shredded cheese
- 1/3 cup cooked sausage
- 1/3 cup chopped shrimp
- 1/2 large onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- About 1/3 cup Food Should Taste Good chips, chopped *
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until slightly soft and fragrant, about 2 – 4 minutes. Pour in the red wine and cook another 10 minutes, or until wine has reduced to almost nothing. Sprinkle with sugar and stir.
- Preheat broiler. Lightly grease a standard pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with a bit of cornmeal.
- Top each pita with 1/4 cup sauce and spread over the top, leaving 1/2 inch border around the crust. Top one pita with sausage and the other with the chopped shrimp. Top the meat with red wine onions and sprinkle each one with 1/3 cup or so of cheese.
- Place on the prepared pans and bake for about 6 – 8 minutes, or until the pita is crispy and the cheese is melted. Top with chips and enjoy!
Nutritional information per serving (1/2 pizza):
Carbohydrates: 24.5 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 14.75 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6