Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recipe: Pretend Pizza

Hey! Time for another recipe - this one isn't so much a recipe, as a guideline on how to throw a tasty pizza alternative together when you don't want all the badness of an actual Pizza. Pizza is one of the worst foods you can eat if you're watching your weight or trying to be healthy - it's loaded with crap. I came across the idea of using a wrap as a pizza base on a weight loss forum, and it seems that it's a well-known trick among dieters. There are many variations - here's mine.

You will Need: 
1 Tortilla Wrap
2 Slices of Salami
1 Slice of Ham
30g Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese
Onions, Mushrooms
I'll go through the ProPoints at the end for anyone who is following them.

Firstly, get your tortilla wrap and put it on a baking tray. The first time I did this, I didn't put it on the tray and then the whole lot collapsed when I went to put it in the oven. So, tray - very important! Then, you need to get a tablespoon of Passata and spoon it over the wrap. I got my Passata in Aldi, but you could use any brand. A tablespoon of left over pasta sauce does the same job, as do the Dolmio Stir-In pots. Ketchup does NOT work. 

Spread on a spoon or two of Passata.
Then, you need to grate 30g of Reduced-Fat Cheddar over the sauce.

I like to call this next stage the "throw on whatever's in the fridge" stage. It's entirely up to yourself as to what you use - I only used Salami because there was half a packet left over from something I made last week. You can get creative here and try lots of different combinations! For this one, I used ham, salami, mushrooms and one of the lovely onions I got from my Mum's garden on Sunday. Just wash your veg, chop everything up, and throw it on top of the cheese.

Put it in the oven at Gas Mark 5 (190c or 375f) and leave it in for about 10-12 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes though - everyone's oven is different, and burnt tortilla wrap is NOT pleasant. While you're waiting for it to cook, you can look out at the rain and rue the day you ever bought your garden furniture, because it's been horrible weather ever since. 

I actually remembered to take pictures of the final thing this time!! Yay!! So, that first picture way back up at the top there is what you should have by now. I had mine with some cherry tomatoes and some of Mum's lettuce (came home with a bag full of yummy veggies on Sunday, I am DEFINITELY having a proper garden next year).

Here are the ProPoint values for those of you who want them:

Tortilla Wrap: 4pp (the Discovery Mexico ones are only 3pp each, but I couldn't find them this week).
Passata: 0pp
30g Reduced-Fat Cheddar: 2pp 
Mushrooms, Onions: 0pp
1 slice of ham: 1pp
2 circles of salami: 2pp

Alright for 9pp, isn't it? And if you use the other wraps, it takes it down to 8pp. Leave out the salami, it's 6pp.  This is a really good option to go for if you're craving pizza, it has the whole pizza taste but none of the crap. 
Just a note on the cheese, ham and salami - these are the values for the brands I bought, make sure to check your own if you're using them.


S xx

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