10 Pizza Recipes That Are Both Healthy and Delicious
Pizza has a bad reputation sometimes. Between copious amounts of cheese, greasy meats, and over sweetened sauces, it's not often referred to as "healthy." But these 10 recipes, packed with veggies and wholesome ingredients, can change that perception. Whip up a batch with whole-wheat crust, low-fat cheese, and plenty of fresh produce and you'll have no guilt for this decadent tasting dinner.
Homemade Veggie Pizza
This recipe covers everything: crust, sauce, and toppings. "The sauce is so easy and hearty everyone will think you were in the kitchen all day cooking this up," says reviewer Bird.
Chicken Avocado Pizza
A great way to use up baked chicken breast meat, this pizza breathes new life into leftovers. Chop it up and add it to the pizza, along with avocados, cilantro, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Top it all off with a sprinkling of Monterey Jack and you've got a veggie-packed dinner.
Goat Cheese Arugula Pizza
This recipe is a pesto-based pizza with sliced roma tomatoes, garlic, seasoned goat cheese, and a generous handful of arugula added at the end so it retains its fresh bite. Want to sneak even more vegetables in? Blend up a few handfuls of baby spinach with your pesto before spreading it on the crust.
Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta
A white pizza sauce with olive oil, fresh ricotta cheese, and a splash of cream. Chef John shows due restraint here, spreading the sauce sparingly over his pizza dough, before topping it with blanched asparagus, a little smoked ham, and a sprinkling of cheese. Delicious!
Brussels Sprouts Pizza
Brussels sprouts, garlic, fennel seed, and a simple, olive oil base get the health going here. Reviewer Mixit says, "Truly a wonderful gourmet pizza. Every ingredient worked beautifully together and the fennel seeds give a special touch."
Arugula and Hummus Mini Pizzas
"You get sweetness from the chopped dates, garlicky flavor from the hummus, and then the peppery arugula," describes Kim's Cooking Now. "I used a balsamic glaze, which added a bit a sweetness as well. Just fold the naan in half, and take the perfect bite!"
Butternut Squash Pizzas with Rosemary
These individual pizzas with thinly sliced, roasted butternut squash, onions, and fresh rosemary make a great fall and winter pizza. Use a whole wheat crust to complement the naturally sweet squash.
With a base of sautéed spinach, it's hard to get healthier than this Mediterranean-inspired pie. "A light and flavorful pizza featuring feta, tomatoes, and spinach. I like to use a homemade whole wheat crust, rolled thin," says ESTEPHAw.
Satay Chicken Pizza
This pita pizza that starts with a simple base of prepared Thai peanut sauce (choose a variety without too much added sugar), topped with sliced chicken breast, green onions, and provolone. Finish with a sprinkling of cilantro for fresh flavor.
White Pizza with Broccoli
Studded with pieces of broccoli and tomato, this white pizza uses ricotta and shredded cheese to create a creamy dish. You can easily stack on more veggies, such as chopped spinach or sliced zucchini, to make it even healthier.