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August 1, 2017

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Pita Pizza

This recipe is fast, with a savory flavor from the hummus, which makes an excellent alternative to cheese. It's even good sans baking!

Serves 1


1/4 cup hummus 
1 whole-wheat pita
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Baked Toppings: Fresh thyme, sliced green or black olives, whole roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, sliced roasted red peppers, sliced red or cipollini onions

Fresh Toppings: Sliced basil, sliced Roma tomatoes, Peppadew peppers


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the hummus over the pita, except for the edge. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Add the baked toppings (these toppings are not baked before they go on the pizza; the name just refers to toppings that get baked on top of the pizza). Bake the pita pizza for 7 to 8 minutes. Then spread any of the fresh toppings on the pizza after it comes out of the oven.

Source: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jason Wyrick of the Vegan Culinary Experience.

Per serving: Calories: 194; Fat: 5.9 g; Saturated Fat: 0.8 g; Calories from Fat: 25.7 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 8 g; Carbohydrates: 29.7 g; Sugar: 2.7 g; Fiber: 5.6 g; Sodium: 281 mg; Calcium: 63 mg; Iron: 3 mg; Vitamin C: 1.9 mg; Beta-Carotene: 12 mcg; Vitamin E: 0.3 mg

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