November 19

Weekend Recipe: Healthy Pizza with Easy Tomato Sauce & Cucumber Salad

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Here’s a short cut for pizza: Use pita bread as a base and make your sauce using canned tomatoes! It’s faster and healthier than ordering a pizza for delivery… and just as satisfying!

Active time:10 mins Start to finish: 30 mins Serves: 4, Family of Four

4 Pita Breads
1 cup Easy Tomato Sauce (recipe below)
1 cup low-fat skim milk mozzarella cheese, freshly grated (don’t buy pre-grated, it has potato starch in it that doesn’t melt well)
Olive oil
Optional Toppings: Turkey pepperoni or shredded chicken

Directions: Preheat oven to 400d F. On a large baking pan, grease with a bit of olive oil and add either 2 pita breads. Add your sauce, cheese and topping and bake in the middle of the oven for 8-10 minutes, until nicely browned. Continue with more pita pizzas, being sure to only bake one tray at a time to ensure even cooking.
Before serving, place the pizzas you made first (that have now cooled a bit) in the oven for about 5 minutes to re-heat. Slice and serve!

Fun combinations:
 Classic Pepperoni: Add tomato sauce, mozzarella, turkey pepperoni and dried oregano
 BBQ Chicken: Add low-sugar bbq sauce of choice, mozzarella, shredded chicken and sliced red onion
 Buffalo Chicken: Add tomato sauce, Frank’s red hot sauce, mozzarella, shredded chicken

Easy Tomato Sauce

1 24-oz can crushed tomatoes
Optional: 1 garlic clove, chopped
Dried Oregano & Sugar
Kosher salt and Black pepper

Directions: Combine in a bowl crushed tomatoes, garlic clove, 2 tsp salt, black pepper, 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp dried oregano. Mix and adjust seasoning as needed. Typically it’ll need a little more salt if you can’t taste the flavors, or a bit of sugar if the tomatoes are too acidic. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers
¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
Vinegar (like white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, etc.)
Olive Oil
Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions: Peel the cucumber, then cut in half horizontally and cut into thin half-moon slices. Place in a bowl and add 1 Tbs vinegar, 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 tsp salt and a bit of black pepper. Combine ingredients. Add a bit of sugar if it’s too acidic. Adjust the seasoning as needed. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

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Eric Horwitz

About LIFT

Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives.  He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.  

Eric Horwitz, Ceo of Lift

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