Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Listen. I like pizza. If you've spent any time with me at mealtime over the past few years, you know that I have a slight tendency to default to pizza. It's a decent enough meal with plenty of potential variety, it's pretty clean most of the time, and most people like it.

The problem is, pizza isn't very diet-friendly. Well, that's not fair to pizza. Pizza, like almost any food, can be diet-friendly when enjoyed in moderation. But most of the time that you eat pizza, you get a whole pie, and eat several slices, and boom, 1400 calories. Since I'm on a diet, that's a "bad" idea.

Enter Boboli. I bought a couple crusts the other day, and the calorie numbers look manageable. I made a "white" pizza the other day, the whole pizza was 1080 calories. It had shredded Parmesan cheese, butter, garlic salt, oregano, sliced onions, and sliced red pepper. I know I can actually save a few calories by switching to a lower calorie version of cheese, maybe get the whole thing down to a thousand. And this is for the bigger crust, I think 10 or 12 inches. They've also got personal size ones, which obviously make for an even more calorie-friendly meal.

So I'm reaching out to you folks. Let's figure out some pizzas I can make. Give them names, if you like. But we're looking to make them fairly healthy, so I can keep on my weight-loss train. Lean meats are good, we can work with most cheeses, and I'm open to vegetables and fruits...except mushrooms and olives. Those are a no go fo sho.

Here, I'll start it off (please note that I have not tried these pizzas; they're just ideas. And yours can be as well):

The Jerry's Cheesesteak Pizza
  • Roast beef or sliced steak
  • Provolone cheese
  • Onions
  • Green peppers
The Hard Times Onion Rings Pizza
  • Onions
  • Light ranch dressing
  • Taco seasoning
  • Mozzarella cheese


Chip said...

-Blue Cheese
-Green Olives
-Cheese (at this point type doesn't matter)
-Option 1, add bugles
-Option 2, brush crust with apple sauce

Chip said...

On a more serious note, I love garlic and gyro meat on my pizza. I'm not sure where you can find gyro meat, but adding some chopped garlic is a great way to enhance flavors. I don't think garlic adds to much to the calorie count, but honestly, I have no idea.

Joe Mattingly said...

It says here one clove of garlic is 4 calories, so that's obviously workable. Gyro meat is 50 calories per 1 oz, which I had no frame of reference for, but apparently seasoned steak strips run about 45-50 calories per ounce, so it's similar. I actually am not crazy about gyro meat on pizza, though, and like you said, finding any gyro meat, let alone good gyro meat, might be more trouble than its worth.

Chip said...

The Wing Night
-Grilled Chicken
-a light wing sauce
-light ranch dressing
-American or cheddar cheese?

-Option 1, Add a side of salsa for dipping your crust into (kind of like nachos)

Joe Mattingly said...

Remember when I used to occasionally make that butter dip for imitation crab meat? Let's do it!

Joe's Fake Crab Dip Pizza

- Imitation crab meat
- margarine
- garlic salt
- basil
- a splash of white wine
- shredded Parmesan cheese

Mark said...

The "I'm Too Lazy To Make Up A Name Right Now"

- pesto
- grilled chicken
- shredded mozzarella

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