Pepperoni, Sausage & Green Pepper Pita Pizza

Last week my boyfriend and I were in the mood for pizza … but I particularly wanted a lighter pizza.  Since we had some leftover pita bread from a local Lebanese bakery I decided pita bread pizzas were in order. So that’s exactly what I whipped up for us.  Since the bread is thinner than your average grocery store pita bread, the crust becomes a thin and crispy crust.  The pita is pretty large in size, so it makes the illusion of a small/medium sized pizza.
If you don’t have homemade pita bread available in your area, you can substitute using tortillas, thin crust pizza shells (Biboli or Archer Farms brand – but these will make multiple serving pizzas), or Flat Out thins.
I used a whole pita, ¼ cup Ragu Robusto spaghetti sauce, ¼ cup fat free mozzarella, 3 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni (diced), ¼ cup Jimmy Dean turkey sausage crumbles, and 4 slices of bell peppers diced.
It was perfect, filling and delicious.  The greatest part is the whole pizza was only 7 points plus values!
Do you like making lighter versions of pizza at home?

Little Caesar’s Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza

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This is what happens when you have the pickiest eater in the world for a boyfriend.  Nothing sounded good to him to have for dinner.  The soup I was having he wouldn’t touch because it was bean based and – well, he doesn’t really like beans.  So in asking what he’d like for dinner he mentioned deep dish pizza.  He tried the Deep Dish Pizza from Little Caesar’s a week or two ago and has been in love since.
My boyfriend only eats pepperoni pizza, so of course he ordered a deep dish pepperoni (which is $8 and apparently now it’s part of their “hot and ready” line because it’s getting more and more popular – even though they just came bout about 3-weeks ago).
The great thing about this pizza is that each side of the pizza has a crust because they are baked in smaller pans, the pans then cut into 4 slices – each box containing 8 slices.  I am a huge crust lover and I think this pizza is quite delicious.  And better yet, it’s only a few points higher per slice than Little Caesar’s regular pepperoni pizza.  A slice of pepperoni deep dish will run you 10 points plus.  Worth it, especially if you’re craving deep dish and don’t want to throw 25+ away on a personal deep dish from a spot like Uno (Chicago style).
Have you tried the new Little Caesar’s pizza?

VitaPizza – Meatless Pepperoni Supreme

Firstly, I want to say I had been looking for these VitaPizzas forEVER! Incase you’re not aware – VitaTop makes VitaPizza while they also make I want to say VitaWich.  Basically VitaTops are a healthier alternative to a muffin top and brownies, VitaPizza is a healthier swing on a personal pizza and VitaWich is a healthier alternative on breakfast sandwiches.  I’ve had VitaTops and I’m not a huge lover of them – but I do find their corn muffin top if my fav (since I love corn muffin anything).  VitaWiches were meh, not my thing … so all that was left was VitaPizza.  I spotted this at my local Shaws Supermarket (and recently just spotted it at Stop & Shop for SO much cheaper that I picked another one up).
As a lover of pizza – and all kinds, I will say this does the job of providing you a healthier alternative to pizza for less calories and Weight Watchers Pointsplus values BUT it’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten.  I did cook mine a little longer than recommended to crisp up the crust a lot more.  It’s a little blander tasting, so I did add some garlic powder and sriracha to my pizza which boosted up the flavoring and made it a lot more palatable BUT it is very filling.
For 5 points plus I feel you can’t go wrong.  I mean is it something I would purposefully hunt down again? Probably not – but when I know it may be a tough week and I’m going to WANT pizza it may be nice to have in the freezer – hence why I bought another one.
Have you tried any of the Vita products?

Pizza in a Pan

After trying a cheeseburger casserole last week I got to thinking what could I do with the remaining pasta I had leftover to make a delicious, simple dish.  Well, pizza is my utmost favorite food so that sent my mind into over drive.  Typically when ordering pizza I like to get a loaded veggie pizza – but my boyfriend only eats pepperoni pizza so we typically settle for pepperoni pizza so we don’t have to buy TWO pizzas, which is craziness.
I pulled up my handy dandy Weight Watchers recipe builder and started adding ingredients I’d want in this dish and was surprised to see how point friendly it was.  I jotted down the 2 ingredients I didn’t have at home to pick up at the market and off and running I went.  The great thing about this dish is you can really prepare the meat sauce beforehand – whether it be the day before or even a few hours before whipping together.  Remember the longer a sauce sits, the more flavorful it becomes!
The great thing about this dish is you get the dough action from the pasta, you get the cheesiness and you get a ton of meat and a nice blend of vegetables to make it a healthy and hearty meal.

Serves: 10
Points Plus Values (w/ cheese): 6 Points Plus
Points Plus Values (w/o cheese): 5 Points Plus
Serving size: 1 Cup
– 1 1/8 pounds 93% lean ground beef
– 1 large onion (or 2 mediums), diced
– 2 small red peppers, diced
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 4 ounce Hormel turkey pepperoni, quartered
– 8 oz uncooked Rotini pasta
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 1 Jar Light Ragu – Tomato & Basil
– 1 can diced tomatoes (drained of almost all liquid)
– 1 cup Reduced Fat Sargento 4-Cheese Mexican (you can use mozzarella but I had this leftover from a previous recipe)
  Italian seasoning (to taste)
 Garlic powder (to taste)
 Black pepper (to taste)
 Sea salt (to taste)
Cook hamburger with onion and garlic in a non-stick skillet until cooked through. Break up hamburger as finely as possible while cooking.
Place red peppers in a baking dish, spritzed with Pam and bake at 350*F for about 10 minutes, until peppers are softer.
Add red peppers, quartered pepperoni, canned tomatoes and jar of Light Ragu sauce to the pan and stir to combine.  Season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper and sea salt to taste.  I tend to not measure my dry seasonings so I eyeball … but if I had to guestimate I’d taste 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper.
Add in tomato paste and stir to combine, let simmer for approximately 2 minutes.
Set a pan of water onto boil, seasoned with a little bit of salt (to prevent sticking).  Once boiling add in 8 ounces of pasta and cooked until your liking.  I tend to go with al dente which is usually done in 10 minutes (I use Barilla pasta so it takes a little longer to cook).
Drain pasta and combine with cooked sauce.  Stir to combine.
Transfer contents to a large baking dish, sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.  Place pan into a 350 degree oven and bake for roughly 10 minutes until cheese is cooked through.

All that’s left to do is enjoy!
 meat sauce
 Pasta w/o cheese
 w/ cheese

FREE Papa John’s Pepperoni Thin Crust Pizza

Right before the Super Bowl Papa John’s sent an e-mail out allowing recipients to vote as to what would be called at the Super Bowl during the coin toss.  The choices were, of course, heads or tails.  The stipulation was if you picked the correct choice the day after the Super Bowl Papa John’s would e-mail you a unique promo code for a free large 1-topping pizza of your choice.  Those that choose the incorrect side of the coin were still awarded, I believe, a 50% off your order coupon code.
I picked heads and heads was called so I received my promo code as stated, the next day.  Later in the week my boyfriend and I didn’t have dinner plans and decided to just order a pizza from Papa John’s.  We got our staple pepperoni (the boyfriends choice, I’d be happy with cheese or banana pepper ring!) but I requested a thin crust pie this time (mainly to shave the calories and points associated with a slice off).
The thin crust pizza was pretty good.  I find on the short commute home from the pizzeria (about 7 minutes) Papa’s thin crust never really survives the colder temperatures out doors (even in a warm car).  The pizza was rather luke warm when we got it home – but nonetheless it was free and dinner was served!
Each slice was 7 points plus – of course the point value would increase slightly depending on the amount of pizza you consumed.  I had 2 slices and it was 15 Points Plus.
Did you win a free pizza from Papa John’s during this promotion?
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Homemade English Muffin Pizzas!

I was in the mood for English Muffin pizza and I decided to make a few as a quick and super simple meal.  I used to make these ALL the time (I even make them on bagels) so I quite enjoy them as pizza is my favorite food.  My niece was over when I was making these and she saw the pepperoni and banana pepper rings on it and she told me “Auntie Shannon, you’re not a good cooker.  You’re a spicy cooker” (LOL!) keep in mind she’s 3 and doesn’t like pepperoni pizza because it’s “spicy.”
To make these I used store-brand light fork-split English muffins.  I split them in half and added 3 tablespoons of sauce on each pizza (the 2 halves – which I seasoned with garlic and Italian seasoning), I then topped with 1/3 cup fat free mozzarella cheese (which I distributed over the 4 pieces).  Each pizza was topped off with 1 slice of Hormel Turkey Pepperoni and a few banana pepper rings.  I baked them in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes and ate when done.  Soo yummy!
Point Plus wise this meal was 7 Points Plus.
Have you ever made English muffin pizzas?