Friday, April 8, 2011

Pizza...Mediterranean Style

What happens when you combine many of my all time favorite ingredients into one recipe?

Well, you get a 
Mediterranean Style Pizza!
Sorry about the less than stellar food photo, but I forgot to take a picture of it before we ate, so I only had a small amount of  pizza to photograph. Oops!

I recently came across this recipe in a magazine and immediately knew that it was going on the next week's menu plan! How can I turn down something that includes sun-dried tomatoes (yum!), kalamata olives (yum!), feta cheese (yum, yum!), and spinach (yum!)?! I was not disappointed!

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-baked 12-inch thin pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes plus 1 tablespoon of the oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated lemon peel, optional
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives, pitted and chopped
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese (I just used shredded)

Directions

  • Place crust on an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan; brush with oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Set aside.
  • In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the rosemary, pepper and lemon peel if desired. Spread over crust. Top with spinach and tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese and olives; top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 slices.

We usually end up having at least 1 meatless meal per week so this will definitely be added to my list of meatless meal options! It is much healthier than a typical pizza because the amount of saturated fat is much lower and it contains a higher level of mono-unsaturated fats, Vitamin C and Lycopene in the tomatoes, ...very heart healthy!

 We had a spinach salad on the side too. I am so glad that my 5 year old loves eating spinach salads as much as she does.  

Spinach is one of the most nutritious foods available with a low amount of calories and a high amount of vitamins. 

Do you have a favorite meatless meal? I am always looking for recipes to try so feel free to share!

This recipe was originally found in Taste of Home magazine as Greek Isle Pizza

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