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Monday, April 30, 2012

Vegetarian Southwest Pizza

I love pizza but unfortunately most purchased pizzas are fast food and full of junk. When I get a taste for pizza, I like to make my own out of whole grain tortillas and some healthy assortment of toppings making for a much healthier option to traditional fast food pizza.

The other day, I noticed that I had some some tortillas, a can of black beans and some monterey jack cheese and I got the idea to whip up a pizza. I added some tomatoes, green onions and black olives and bam -- a delicious, light yet filling pizza was made. The recipe below makes two pizzas. Share a pizza with someone or save it. One pizza is only about 300 calories! Be sure to get a low calorie and low carb tortilla to keep the calories down. The tortilla that I used had 71 calories. Check it out.

2 low carb, whole wheat tortillas
1/2 can black beans, drained
1 tsp olive oil
3-4 shakes of chili powder
3-4 shakes garlic powder
3 tablespoons fresh salsa
sliced black olives
green onions, chopped
1 tomato, diced
2 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place tortillas directly on oven rack for 1-2 minutes, each side. Just long enough to get rid of their soft feel. You want them to be slightly hard because you don't want a soggy pizza crust.

While tortillas are in oven add the black beans, olive oil, chili and garlic powder into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Then add the salsa and pulse for just a few seconds, long enough to combine.

Once tortillas are out of the oven, allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then spread the bean mixture on the two tortilla shells. Add 1 oz of cheese to each pizza. Top with tomatoes, black olives and green onions. Place in the oven for about 5 minutes, just long enough for the cheese to melt.

Remove from oven. Cut each pizza into 4 pieces. Enjoy!

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