Another Take on Light Pizza

Light Pizza

August 19, 2015   10 Comments

Pizza is one of my forms of kryptonite. Not crappy Domino’s pizza, but well-made, delicious pizza. I am a bit of a pizza tourist.

I was passing by Trenton, NJ and had something called a "tomato pie". It was so light, crispy, and the tomatoes were sweet.

I can tell you the exact number of steps a particular pizza joint is from my Amtrak train in Penn Station. This place has an “upside down” slice which puts the sauce ON TOP of the cheese. When I went in to order it, I called it the “inside out” and the pizza guy said, “Close enough.”

Making a lower calorie pizza means you have to evaluate both the crust and the cheese. I have replaced the crust with portobello mushrooms with great success but it lacks a crunch.

This time, I found a whole wheat lavash from Joseph’s Bakery in front of the deli at my Stop & Shop. Lavash is a soft, thin flatbread of Armenian origin that works perfectly as a substitute for heavier pizza crusts. It comes out a bit cracker like –but it is very tasty.

I used a gorgeous fresh tomato, which you should be able to find right now instead of sauce because they are sooo good.

Was I satisfied? YES! This was warm, cheesy, light and so summery (and I forgot to mention fast).

Do you love pizza?

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Lavash Bread Pizza Recipe

Makes 2 servings, ½ lavash per serving

1 piece whole grain lavash bread
2 ounces grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, fontina, swiss, etc.)
1 large fresh tomato, sliced into ¼ inch slices
salt to taste
fresh basil (optional)

Heat oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and lay the lavash bread flat on the tray. Add the tomato slices, sprinkle a little salt, and top with the cheese. Heat for 8 minutes unto lavash is brown and cheese is melted.

Add optional slices of fresh basil. Enjoy immediately!

½ recipe is 147 calories, 7.2 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 11.6 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g sugar, 13.9 g protein, 4.1 g fiber, 243 mg sodium, 4 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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10 Comments:

Ummm yum. Looks like it could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. No wonder summer is famous.

on August 19, 2015

Sounds delicious.
Was it really necessary to slam Domino's specifically?

on August 19, 2015

This sounds so yummy. I love ways to use my favorite summer food (tomatoes). And for the record, I am with you 100% about places like Dominoes or Papa John's. I am always amazed that they can compete with real pizzerias. Thanks SG!

on August 19, 2015

Lisa, this recipe looks so yummy! I'm going to look for lavash bread near me. But I have to ask the name of your pizza place in Penn Station. I take Amtrak to Penn Station fairly often and even if it isn't the healthiest I'd love to know which is your favorite.

on August 19, 2015

I do something like this with the lovely MD tomatoes we have right now and fresh mozzarella and a flatbread. It is a delicious lunch or dinner. I am also a bit of a pizza snob. If I am going to use the calories it has to be worth it. If my kids want delivery I am fine with them ordering from Papa Johns or Dominoes cause I know I wont be tempted. We have a couple of real pizza places that we go to when I want to indulge!

on August 19, 2015

I did pizza with zucchini circles as the 'crust'. Yum!

on August 19, 2015

@Rachel -You don't really want to know about this place because you start dreaming of the pizza whenever you get close to NYC. http://www.yelp.com/biz/ny-pizza-suprema-new-york

The upside down slice is SO good.

on August 19, 2015

I love pizza! I make pizza-like snacks of all kinds and will give these Lavish breads a try; any platform for native tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozz cheese, garlic, etc. is A-ok with me. I'm more inclined to call these bruschetta knock-offs. I blame living in CT surrounded by italian neighborhoods, working in New Haven for 30 yrs just walking distance from famous Wooster Street for influencing my discerning pizza palate and creating my pizza snobbery! I eat a great pizza [IMO] every 2-3 weeks, not concerned with calories; I will freeze slices to pan-fry a quick snack, lunch or use in a panzanella salad. This frequency is safe for weight maintenance for me, thank goodness :)

on August 19, 2015

Love this! Pizza on Lavash Bread is one of my favorite things to do. You get a great, decent sized "flatbread" pizza and keep the calories low. One of my fav quick dinners :)

on August 19, 2015

I got you all beat. I live in Borderlands, the limbo beatween Chicago and Milwaukee. As a Wis-Ill, I can buy Golden Home Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts. Check out the nutrition panel: 16 grams protein, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram fat, 110 calories. Top with Kraft fat free mozzarella, sauce, turkey pepperoni and I get a 9" slice of heaven for about 320 calories with 38 grams of protein and 4 grams fat. A staple.

on August 22, 2015


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