Healthy Meals Monday ~ Taco PizzaPosted: October 18, 2011
A couple years ago I bought a book called Eat Well, Lose Weight because I wanted us to eat healthy. Kyle and I are fairly healthy people. We like to hit the gym regularly (although I’ve been slacking lately) and just so we don’t pack on the LBs, I’ve been trying to cook a little healthier as well.
I used to think that if something is healthy it probably isn’t very good. I was quite wrong. I am finding a lot of yummy recipes in this cookbook! I have a scrapbook recipe book that I keep all my favorite recipes in so I don’t have to thumb through hundreds of recipes. So several of these I have scrapbooked and shared with my mom and my bestie because they are the ones that ask for copies. Last night my mother-in-law saw something we were eating and decided she wanted to buy this recipe book because she has seen so many meals that I have cooked from it that she thought looked good.
Since more and more people are starting to get interested in these recipes, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite ones. I will start posting recipes on Mondays and will find a way to share my digital scrapbook recipe with everyone so you can print it out yourselves. I don’t have one this week because I just came up with this about an hour ago 🙂 So here is recipe one that we tried for the first time tonight and I thought it was WAY yummy!
Prep: 30 minutes
Rise: 30 minutes
Bake: 16 minutes
Oven: 425 degrees F
NUTRITION FACTS per serving:
Total Fat: 10g (4g sat. fat)
1 recipe Pizza Dough (I just bought the canned pizza from Wal-Mart)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
12 ounces extra-lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2/3 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1/2 to 1 cup shredded lettuce and/or spinach
1 cup packaged baked tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
Light dairy sour cream (optional)
1. Prepare pizza dough. Preheat oven to 425*F. Grease a 12-inch round pizza pan; set aside. Punch down dough; let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 13-inch circle. Transfer to prepared pizza pan, allowing excess dough to extend over edge of pan. Sprinkle half of the cheese in a thin strip around the edge of the dough. Moisten edge of dough. Fold edge over cheese in a thin strip around the edge all over. Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef and onion until beef is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in 2/3 cup salsa into the beef mixture. Spoon beef mixture on crust. Bake for 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with tomatoes and remaining cheese. Bake for 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese melts.
3. To serve, cut pizza into eight wedges. Top with lettuce or tortilla chips. If desired, serve with sour cream and additional salsa. Makes 8 servings.
Lately, I have been buying almost everything in the Light or Reduced-Fat version if it is available. I haven’t been disappointed with any of them either.
For this meal I strayed from the recipe more than normal. First of all I bought a can of the Pillsbury Pizza Crust because I’m too
lazy busy to make a crust from scratch. Kyle makes some AWESOME salsa, so we used his salsa instead of store bought. Being as I just bought a TON of green chili, I added some chopped green chili to our pizza. You will notice that one side of our pizza looks different than the other. That’s because Kyle doesn’t like tomatoes and I don’t like crunchy things, so I customized our halves of the pizza. I also used Romaine lettuce instead of iceberg lettuce.
Don’t worry if your recipe doesn’t look anything like mine because my meals NEVER look like the picture in the recipe book.