At our house, family pizza night has been a longstanding tradition. When I first began losing weight and honing in on variables that caused setbacks, pizza night was one of the first offenders that I identified. Pizza and my waistline don’t play friendly together.
Over the last two years, I’ve been on a quest to perfect a plan that allows me to enjoy one of my favorites foods, while not sabotaging my efforts and not having to splurge on Weight Watchers points.
The progression went something like this:
- I switched to thin crust restaurant pizza
- Then to thin crust with veggie toppings
- Next to homemade individual pizzas (read: instant portion control)
- Then to ultra-thin crust take and bake pizzas
- And now FINALLY… the solution that I’ve been searching for!
Though applicable to anyone watching their waistline, the revelation came during a phone call with a fellow Weight Watcher. She was making pizza for her family for dinner, but was lamenting how many points she would have to eat-up if she partook with the family. In my philosophy of no deprivation, just moderation, we were talking through ways to lighten up the pizza. One suggestion that I made was to make a pizza wrap with a tortilla. And the lightbulb went of! Not a wrap, but a pizza using a tortilla instead of crust.
She tried it out that night and it met with high praise. I tried it out a few days later and was also impressed. Over the last few family pizza nights, I’ve played with different variables and have come up with a winner. This pizza seems indulgent, is satisfying and most importantly keeps you in on the fun of family pizza night!
Just a Dot, Not a Lot’s Favorite Pizza
1 tortilla (my recommendation: Xtreme Wellness, by Ole Mexican Foods), 1P+
3 TBS pizza sauce, 0P+
1/3 C finely shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, 2P+ (points may vary by brand and variety)
1 TBS diced green pepper, 0P+
1 TBS diced onion, 0P+
3 sliced mushrooms, 0P+
8 slices turkey pepperoni, 1P+
1 TBS pine nuts, 1P+
1 TBS bacon bits, 1P+
2 TBS corn kernels, 1P+
5 sliced olives, 1P+
3 yellow cherry tomatoes, 0P+
Italian seasoning to taste (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 °F .
Place tortilla on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Top with pizza sauce and cheese. Add toppings and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 15 minutes, until tortilla edges are crisped and cheese is browned.
(As described, 8P+ for Weight Watchers followers. Of course, use the toppings that you like and have on hand. The above pizza is what I had available when I made this delicious sample pizza.)
By finding a satisfying workaround, I’m still able to enjoy our family’s pizza night tradition while staying on track with my goals. That makes it a win-win in my book!