Good morning, boys and girls! Happy Monday!
Monday ;( – BLECH!
Well for those of you who hate Mondays like me, this little recipe might cheer you up. It’s a delicious, fool-proof and pretty healthy way to indulge.
Introducing: Shannon’s Stuffed Crust Za
Some background info: The Mister is OBSESSED with Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza. I realize that obsessed is a strong word and some people may even tend to over-use it. To put it simply, obsessed doesn’t even do his adoration for the stuffed crust justice. Bottom line: he loves the stuff.
Now, yes, this particular za is one tasty pie, but I’ll tell ya, I’m not real wild about the calorie and fat count. Half the pizza is more than 1,100 calories! (and you all know the Mister and I go ‘halfsies,’ cuz that’s how we roll).
I knew that some creative thinking and time in the kitchen could present an equally delicious treat that didn’t contain all the nasty fat and calories.
People, I DID IT! Not only did I manage to cut the calories to 750 calories for HALF the pizza, but it turned out even MORE delicious than the original. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but… I WILL (TOOT! TOOT!). Because I am kind of a genius.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup Kraft 2% mozzarella cheese
- 2/3 cup pizza sauce (we used Mid’s)
- Whole wheat pizza dough (we used Papa Sal’s)
- Reduced fat string cheese (6 pieces) (we used Sargentio’s)
Step one: Using your hands, spread the dough into a pie shaped circle.
Step two: Fold the edges of the dough over pieces of string cheese (make sure you seal the dough, or the cheese with melt out). forming a crust. Continue around the entire pie.
Step 3: Top with sauce, cheese and Italian seasonings
Step 4: Bake according to directions given with the dough
Step 5: ENJOY!
Have you ever re-created one of your favorite dishes from a restaurant or take-out/delivery spot? How did you make it healthier?