Hi All!! HAPPY Midweek :D
How's your week going so far?! Are you exercising AND eating clean?! If so...WAY TO GO! If not...SPRING into action baby!! It's not too late to make some FITastic choices this week!!!
I LUV pizza :D For me, eating pizza is like eating candy...lol! I never considered pizza as a health food, until recently, when I found a few AWESOME recipes!! The following recipe is 1 of them and delivers a double dose of greens...cooked collards go on before baking...then a shower of fresh arugula caps it off! This recipe is a HAPPY meal! Believe it!! :D
WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA WITH RICOTTA AND GREENS
6.5 oz hot Italian turkey or chicken sausage (about 2 links), casings removed
1 small bunch collard greens, ribs removed
1 lb fresh or thawed frozen whole wheat pizza dough
6 oz whole-milk ricotta cheese (3/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
Baby arugula, for topping
A couple pinches of coarse salt
Red pepper flakes, for sprinkling
Heat oven to 400F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook sausage in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Cook collard greens in boiling water, stirring, 1 minute. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Squeeze dry, and chop coarsely.
Stretch dough into a rough rectangle shape on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (If dough stretches back, let rest 5 minutes and try again.) Arrange collards and sausage on top. Dollop with ricotta, sprinkle with garlic, and drizzle with oil.
Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Top with arugula, salt, and red pepper flakes.
NO dough?! NO worries!! With whole wheat pita rounds at the ready, it's easy to pizza it up any meal of the week :D
Have a HEALTHY couple of days!
SEE YOU back here on Fridayyyyy!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist