Low fat pizza. Is it even possible? Absolutely!
1. Make your own reduced fat crust. Fat-wise, pizza has a bad name. But it doesn't have to be so. Make it yourself for the ultimate control over the fat content.
2. Use pita bread. If you don't want to make your own pizza crust, use pita bread. It makes an excellent low fat base.
3. Go for a thin crust. It might sound obvious, but the thinner your crust the lower in fat your portion will be so always make your pizza with a thin crust.
4. Eat salad with your pizza. A healthy crisp green salad is a great accompaniment to a pizza. Cut your portion in half and fill the plate with salad. It doesn't have to be boring. Use a variety of leaves and throw in some pickled peppers (Peppadews are great) for a perfect low fat pizza side dish.
5. Pile on the veggies. Use plenty of vegetables on your pizza and don't leave too much room for cheese. Roasting vegetables like peppers, onions and mushrooms will give them a more intense flavour so you won't miss the cheese so much.
6. Choose your cheese. A low fat mozzarella is an obvious and great choice. Another option is feta. Relative to other cheeses, feta scores quite well. It also has an intense flavour. A little feta crumbled on pizza goes a long way. Use it with spinach and fresh tomatoes for an excellent combination.
7. Use olives. Olives are high in fat but are rich in healthy monounsaturated fat. They also have a lot of flavour for their size. Olives marinated in herbs will add even more flavour so they are another good "little goes a long way" pizza topping. Use olives stored in brine for the option lowest in fat.
Each of these recipes assumes you are using a 12 inch crust. I always recommend baking on a pizza stone. This will give your pizza a crisp and authentic crust.
First spread your pizza crust with some tomato sauce. I like to make my own. Check out my pizza sauce recipes for inspiration. The uncooked sauce is completely fat free.
Next crumble 3/4 of a cup or 200g of feta on the pizza.Top with 2 cups (60g) of chopped fresh spinach. Sprinkle with some oregano and bake as usual.
For another twist, some red onion and chopped black olives are a nice addition on this pizza.
Peel 3 large tomatoes and scoop out the seeds. Put the tomato flesh in a blender with 1 clove of garlic, a teaspoon of oregano, a pinch of sugar and some salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Spread over your pizza crust and bake on a hot pizza stone for 5 to 6 minutes.
Roast two medium bell peppers - 2 different colours is nice. If you don't know how to do this, read my guide on how to roast peppers. Cut the peppers into large chunks. Top your pizza crust with tomato sauce, low fat mozzarella, peppers and slices of red onion. Bake as usual.
Spread your pizza crust with 2 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese. Cover with a layer of sliced tomatoes and bake on a pizza stone 6-8 minutes. When you remove the pie from the oven, immediately scatter over some shredded basil leaves.