Do you remember making English muffin or bagel pizzas as a child? I use to love having those as an after-school snack or dinner! And I realized, why not bring these easy to make and delicious pizza alternatives back? This actually dawned on me when I was asked to do a segment on cooking healthy Superbowl meals in less than 30 minutes for one of San Diego’s local morning news shows. But, of course, I wanted to make something a little more gourmet than bagel pizzas so I realized pita pizzas would be perfect!
I decided to try out a white bean puree pita pizza because I wanted to get in some plant-based protein, but I’ll be honest, I was a little worried it would taste like hummus. However, the cannellini beans mixed with the olive oil and oregano made it taste quite decadent, especially when combined with the goat cheese and basil. And not only did this white bean pita pizza taste delicious, but it is very nutritious! Before we get to the recipe, here is a mini breakdown of my white bean pita pizza’s health benefits.
Fiber– With 12g of fiber from the beans and whole wheat pita, this pizza will keep you full and your blood sugars in check!
Folate– Folate is not just important for expecting moms to prevent neural tube defects, it’s important for all people. In fact, most Americans don’t get enough of this B vitamin. And why do you need it? Well, because it’s essential for cell growth and metabolism. Cannellini beans is a particularly good source of folate with 170mcg per cup.
Protein– Thanks to the beans and cheese, this pita pizza packs 18g of Protein. Actually I was surprised to learn that goat cheese is a higher protein cheese with 5 g per ounce.
480 calories; 18g pro; 50g carb; 28g fat; 12g fiber, 5g sugar; 294mg sodium
- 1 Whole Wheat Pita
- 1/3 cup Cannellini Beans
- 1 oz crumbled Goat Cheese
- 1-2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1.5 T Olive Oil
- 1 T sliced Basil
- 1/2t Oregano
- Salt n Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Warm pita in oven for 2-3 minutes
- Puree white beans, 1/4 t oregano, olive oil and a dash of salt/pepper in food processor
- Spread white bean puree on pita leaving a 1/4 inch "crust" around the edges
- Sprinkle most of the goat cheese crumbles and basil over pita
- Add sliced tomatoes around the pizza
- Sprinkle remainder of goat cheese and oregano on pita
- Place in oven for 8-10 minutes
Have you ever made pita pizza? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Now stay tuned for my next recipe, Chicken Taco Cups, which will healthify your nachos and make ’em oh so much cooler!