A friend on MyFitnessPal posted a picture of pizza that she was desperately trying to resist eating! Uh uh, girlfriend, now I have to eat pizza!!! (wagging my finger in her general direction…) Fortunately, I have this handy recipe up my sleeve for emergency pizza situations. I still eat regular pizza (I live in NYC for pete’s sake!) but sometimes I don’t feel like going out to get a slice, or ordering in a whole pizza for just me, or like today, the weather report said “frozen pellets” in the description. FROZEN FUCKING PELLETS. Um, yea, I’m just gonna go ahead and stay inside, mmmmk.
These pizzas are so yummy that I often prefer them to other pizzas (though not always, variety is good), and they are a staple in my diet. I eat them at least every other week, and they are perfect for a weeknight when you just need to eat something good and quick so you can shower and hit the hay after a long day. It takes me about 5 minutes to assemble these delicious mini-pizzas, and about 15-20 minutes in the oven at 400°F. Fast, quick, delicious! And a really fun activity you can do with your kids; they can each build their own! And it’s pizza! And you’re not going to believe how low in calories they are, for real (recipe and nutritional info below), and high in fiber too!
Starting with the basic building blocks, you’re going to need: English muffins, mozzarella shredded cheese, and pizza sauce. Everything else is gravy. On top of the base, you get to choose your favorite toppings and go to town. Today I chose cherry tomatoes, sliced yellow onion, and turkey pepperoni. Other options that might interest you: pineapple (yum!), black olives, bell pepper, sausage, mushrooms, artichoke hearts… the possibilities are endless! It’s hard to get bored of these since I can just change the toppings each time. Win.
Accurate weighing and measuring is crucial to sustained long-lasting weight loss. We, as humans, are just fantastically shitty at estimating things! (I’m looking at you mom!) But seriously, I have been weighing almost all of my food for many many months and every time I test myself, I’m waaaaaaaay off. Trust me when I say: Weigh your solids! Measure your liquids! Don’t think you’re special and can get away with not measuring.
The #1 reason people stop losing weight and give up is they start flying fast and loose with the estimating!
Get your food scale out. (If you don’t have a food scale, click here to get one NOW, seriously, you need one) Put a plate or dish on it where you can build your pizzas. Press the “Zero” or “Tare” button so you can get to weighing.
PRO TIP: Get your chosen food tracking device (phone/MyFitnessPal/etc.) out and ready so you can log as you weigh your items.
I use two english muffins (these are Thomas brand light multigrain), sliced in half. Make sure you log the item and weight in your food tracker, then ZERO/TARE your scale before you add the next ingredient! Pizza sauce is next! One serving (1/4 cup works well for my taste). Mozzarella cheese, divided amongst the four mini-pizzas. I use two servings (56g) in total.Now toppings! This is where you can get really creative and make a pizza you’re going to love! Seriously use your favorite toppings! I chose sliced onions, tomatoes, and turkey pepperoni. Yum.After making sure everything is logged, they go on a baking sheet and into the oven! Only 20 more minutes until pizza time!All done! Time to eat!
You might think it’s a little strange (though I never said I wasn’t weird…) that I weigh little things like onion slices and tomatoes, but think about it this way: If I estimate 5 oz. of tomatoes by I actually only eat 2 oz. Thats 30 calories I didn’t get to eat! If I estimate on the little things like tomatoes and onions, I could be shortchanging myself without even realizing it. That’s no good. On the other side of the coin, if I estimated 2 oz. of tomatoes but I actually ate 5 oz., that’s 30 extra calories! If I estimate like this every day, 30 calories per day adds up to over three pounds every year! Weigh and measure. Just do it. 🙂
ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZAS (makes 4 mini-pizzas)
- 2 english muffins (Thomas brand light multigrain, pictured)
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 56 grams (1/2 cup) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Toppings of your choice:
- sliced onions, tomatoes, pepperoni, pineapple, bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives, sausage, etc.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (or use a toaster oven).
- Slice english muffins and arrange on a plate on your food scale. Zero/tare the scale. Log in your food diary.
- Add pizza sauce. Zero/tare the scale. Log in your food diary.
- Add shredded mozarella cheese, divided amongst the four mini-pizzas. Zero/tare the scale. Log in your food diary.
- Add toppings of your choice. Zero/tare the scale in between each topping. Log in your food diary.
- Place assembled mini-pizzas on baking sheet (lined with foil for easier cleanup).
- Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes (ovens may vary, so I advise you to check after 15 min.)
- Pizzas are done when cheese is melted.
Nutrition info per mini-pizza (approximate, based on toppings pictured): 120 calories, 17g carbs, 4g fat, 8g protein, 6g fiber
What are your favorite pizza toppings? What are you going to put on your pizzas? Like and share and comment! 🙂
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