Veggie Pizza

Healthy Living, Recipes

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Enjoy a vegetable pizza for lunch or a light dinner. Dress up a store-bought crust with hummus, squash and zucchini. It’s quick, easy and healthy.

This pizza is also vegetarian-vegan to be exact. Vegan foods are those which contain no animal products at all. Studies show that plant-based diets support lower Body Mass Index and lower prevalence of obesity in adults and children, reduce colon cancer risk, can benefit those with diabetes, lower one’s blood pressure, and may result in lower mortality from ischemic heart disease. Eating plant-based should center around fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and legumes.

This recipe is an easy and flavorful way to journey into the world of vegetarian eating. If you’re thinking about going vegetarian or vegan, start with one meal or one day of the week and modify your meaty favorites into a plant-based version. Talk with your Registered Dietitian to ensure you’re getting all the nutrition you need, which can be a concern for anyone limiting entire food groups from their daily diet. Even if you’re not ready to take the plunge into a diet that is mostly or all plant-based, we all can benefit our health by eating more plants every day and this recipe certainly checks that box.

Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-inch) thin pizza crust
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup sliced yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 5 Tbsp hummus (original flavor)

Preparation

Lightly coat pizza crust with nonstick cooking spray and heat in oven according to package directions. While pizza crust is heating up, lightly coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.

Add vegetables and sauté until onion is translucent. Add black pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

Remove pizza from oven, leaving oven on, and spread with hummus. Arrange vegetables evenly on top of hummus. Heat pizza for 1 additional minute.

Yield: 4 servings

Heart Healthy Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of 14-inch pizza

Calories: 234

Sodium: 555mg

Fat: 4g

Carbohydrates: 42g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Fiber: 3g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Protein: 8g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content

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