Sunday, July 10, 2011

Guilty Pleasure Pizza - With Less Guilt

We love pizza, but a lot of decadent recipe development and a food related travel leaves us looking for ways to lighten up our meals.

:With all the recipe development and food related travel we do, we eat a lot of really great food. Really decadent, really tasty food. But that means when we are not traveling and when we are not recipe developing we have to be sure to eat lighter.

There are a lot of salads and protein shakes in my meal repertoire. We also enjoy some lighter meals that do not generally make it on our website, as that is really not our niche. But today I figured that I would share one of our favorite trimmed down treats.

Do you love pizza as much as I do? Well this one will really satisfy you. I started by placing a Boboli Wheat pizza crust (which has great flavor and is ready made so you can keep it in the freezer) on a pizza pan. Win-win!

I topped the pizza crust with low fat pizza sauce (use whatever you like here) and then our favorite toppings. Chad is a meat lover and I am a veggie lover so we generally go half and half, but I really had a hankering for some meatballs.

So, I whipped some simple meatballs up and topped the whole pizza with them. Use whatever you like and bake it for 8-10 minutes.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Guilty Pleasure Pizza- With Less Guilt

We love pizza, but a lot of decadent recipe development and a food related travel leaves us looking for ways to lighten up our meals.


  • 1 (10 ounce) Boboli-whole wheat pizza crust 
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce (low fat) 
  • 1 recipe seasoned meatballs, recipe below
  • 7 pepperoni, cut in half (if you choose to do half and half) 
  • 1 cup finely shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (I recommend Lucerne - at Safeway)
  • 12 large back olives, sliced 
  • 1/4 cup onion slices
Seasoned Meat Balls
  • 8 ounces - 93% lean ground beef 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • pinch of salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. On a pizza pan or baking sheet place pizza crust in the center.  Cover the crust with the pizza sauce, all but the outer 1/2".  Add seasoned meat balls even across the pizza.
  3. Top with pepperoni. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza and then top with olives and onion slices. 
    Place in preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and your cheese melts. 
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes.  Cut into 8 slices with pizza cutter.
  5. Serve and enjoy! 
Seasoned Meat Balls
  1. In a medium bowl mix ingredients well. 
  2. Form small amounts of meat into tiny balls. 
  3. Place 10" skillet over medium heat and lightly sprinkle with salt.
  4. Place your meat balls in the pan and cook until done.
  5. Remove from pan and place in small bowl for pizza making.

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  1. The guilty pleasure pizza sounds quite healthy. I agree, its necessary to indulge once in a while to keep the craving at bay.

  2. Indulgence is always best in moderation. (Now if I could just remember that when taking sweets out of the oven!) I love that you found a way to incorporate pizza into your plan. I'm sure both of you were super happy with it!

  3. Bobolis are really pretty good, but nothing beats the homemade pizza crust. It's great that you kept your self in check even though it was a day off. Good for you, Donna!

  4. Pizza is THE BEST. Love it and love your version.

  5. I love being able to eat pizza with less guilt! Thanks girl- this pizza is divine and who can resist sausage? I know I can't!

  6. Such a good idea! THis looks like a wonderful way to indugle and then get back on the bandwagon. Delicious

  7. can't beat a good pizza, an unhealthy meal is not a bad thing as a registered dietitian I am saying it, your blog will take of no fear takes time hugs

  8. Yum this looks delicious! Great way to indulge but not feel to bad about it :)

  9. I would die for a piece of pizza right now. Pizza is one of my favorite foods! It's definitely my guilty indulgence...I don't know how to stop eating it! Your pizza looks perfect!

  10. I do love pizza and always love to hear of a guilty pleasure with less guilt! This sounds like just the thing to do for a pizza craving. :)

  11. This pizza sounds delicious and a great way to splurge without totally undoing all the good you did all week! Thanks for sharing:)

  12. This looks delicious. I'm going to try this recipe. Yum!


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