Pizza Luau

Yay! A pizza! I like pizza! Mike loves pizza! This recipe is gonna be awesome!

Honestly, it’s not that creative, it’s not that sophisticated or complicated, but for pizza fanatics like “us” it was pretty damn impressive!

THE RECIPE:

Pizza Luau

PER SERVING: (entire recipe) 230 calories, 4.5g fat, 808mg sodium, 34g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 9.5g sugar, 17.5g protein

4 WW points for a snack? OK!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbls. low-fat marinara sauce (I used a pizza sauce I already had on hand, its stats were good, zero fat and 30 calories, works for me)

1 light English muffin, split into halves

1 stick light string cheese

2 slices of shaved deli ham (honey or regular) chopped

1 pineapple ring packed in juice, drained and chopped

1 tbls. chopped red onion (I used a sweet yellow one, that’s what I had, it worked)

DIRECTIONS:

So, before I even describe the directions, I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. But I’ll continue anyhow 🙂

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spread 1 tablespoon sauce onto each muffin half.

 

This was the sauce I used

 

Tear string cheese into shreds and roughly chop. (I decided I wanted the “shreds” to be more uniform so I used the shred blade on my magic bullet and shredded the cheese that way)

 

The "pizzas" with cheese (so you can see the "shred") and sauce only.

 

Distribute cheese evenly over muffin halves. Top each half with ham, pineapple and onion.

 

The final product before emerging into the oven. Yum, eh?

 

Place muffin halves on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. YUM!!

I went with 8 minutes at first, then a few minutes more because they weren’t quite “crunchy” enough for me. So, about 10 minutes I would say.

 

Besides being on a plate instead of a cookie sheet, they really don't look that different do they? Ha!

 

My first bite reaction: Wow, this actually tastes like a pizza. (I wasn’t expecting that, seriously)

Mike’s first bite reaction: Mmmm….tasty! (Such profound words)

For creativity I give this a 1. I think you know why! Been there done that type of thing but it was actually something I enjoyed!

Texture: You know how english muffins always have a larger side and a smaller side? I liked the smaller side better, it had a bit more of a pizza crust feel then the larger half which was more like pizza topping on an english muffin. Overall, texture gets a 2.5. Would’ve been a 4 if both halves were like the smaller side. 🙂

Taste: Loved it! I got my pizza fix without wasting any unwanted calories! No more to say, yay pizza!

Satisfaction: It was a snack, not a meal. For 4 weight watchers points my taste buds were satisfied but my tummy was only half happy! I was still craving more food, but not still hungry!

Would I make it again, maybe. If I was craving pizza but not if I was super hungry!

Would Mike make it himself, he said maybe. On a football watching day if he wanted a pizza and didn’t want to go over board on the real deal. Would he eat it again (if I made it) most definitely!

So, whatcha think? Football, pizza and a diet soda?

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Pizza Luau

  1. Janna

    I think I will try this one. Only it has a lot on sugar. Is there some way to cut it out

    • my only guess would be to find a sugar free pizza sauce/marinara. maybe also try fresh pineapple instead of canned? its still gonna have the sugar from the fruit but it will be natural sugar?

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