Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pizza and "Pasta"

Pizza and "pasta" post weight loss surgery?! Absolutely. I'm an Italian girl after all. Here are two weight loss surgery friendly, healthified versions of a couple of my pre-op favorites.

This is an adaptation of a recipe I entered in a cooking contest years ago (pre-op) and won first place. I scored some great prizes but the coolest thing about winning was my recipe was featured on the back of thousands of bags of Sargento Cheese. My pizza has the same flavor profile but a whole lot less fat and carbs. Here's the original version which is still featured on the Sargento web site. It is too die for if I do say so myself but this is a much healthier version...

Shelly's Bruschetta Pizza - Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla topped with a smear of Garlic Cream Cheese (1 tablespoon Cream Cheese with a 1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic mixed in), Storebought Bruschetta Sauce (Buitoni, Contadina or Trader Joe's or just chopped Tomatoes & Basil), Fresh Basil, and a sprinkle of Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Here's how to make them.

In the summer almost every weekend I buy zucchini and yellow squash at the Farmer's Market, at least a few of them get this treatment... I slice them lengthwise, give them just a spritz of olive oil and a sprinkle of Greek seasoning and then grill them on the BBQ. I use the grilled zucchini in all sorts of dishes, pastaless manicotti, a few slices with a cold cut roll-up for lunch or it also makes a great tortilla pizza topping. It will last a few days in the fridge, if you are lucky and none of your non-op family members raid it in the night. It's soooo good.

This week's batch made this quick and easy "better than lasagna" pasta-less deliciousness...


Shelly's Better than Lasagna

Grilled Zucchini Slices (4 small to medium, BBQ'd)
1 cup Marinara Sauce (I use Rao's, jarred)
2 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

Spoon 1/2 the sauce in a shallow Pyrex casserole dish. Layer 1/2 the grilled zucchini (or summer squash, or combo) on top. Crumble 1/2 the goat cheese, sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of the Parmesan and all the fresh basil on top. Arrange the remaining grilled zucchini on top. Pour remaining sauce over and top with all the remaining cheeses. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

For those of you thinking about weight loss surgery but afraid you will be doomed to a life of tasteless, diet food... think again.

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12 comments:

Jennee said...

I make "this" pizza often but use red sauce . . . never thought of using bruchetta sauce. Great idea.

Have you had TJ's Peach Salsa? I had it for the first time yesterday and am thinking it would be fab with chicken. BUT, I am not a fancy chefy like you! lol.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Jennee, Thanks. Yes that salsa is super yummy on chicken (just spooned on top of grilled or mixed in a chicken salad) I also love their Papaya Mango Salsa which great on chicken or like this: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2009/03/tropical-shrimp-cocktail.html

Lesley said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I just came home from the farmers' market with some zucchini roughly the size of my arm. (I mean, I have short arms, but still!) As I was heading home, I was wondering if you had a casserole dish like this with zucchini as an ingredient, and hey, here it is! I am definitely going to try this very soon!

Michelle said...

I just made a BIG batch of (arguably the world's best) spaghetti sauce from my garden tomatoes. Can't WAIT to try this!

DiZneDiVa said...

That sounds yummy... I use tortillas to make pizza and I have also used a flatbread(When I want something less crispy. I always used the laughing cow garlic herb cheese wedge, it makes it creamy like cream cheese with alot less calories and fat. I love cheese cheese but I haven't found the cream cheese that is portion controlled and I hate the non-fat kind.

Christine said...

So glad I found this website!

banded bella said...

Yum Shelly these look awesome. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

We are getting a Trader Joe's in Naples FL!!!! Announced today, we are sooo excited, can't wait.

GiGi said...

I make "pizza crust" with straight up egg whites (AllWhites bran specifically)... I season it with paprika, cilantro & hot pepper flakes & then cook like pancake style. It truly tastes like a pizza on it's own but you can always add tomato sauce and goat cheese if you'd like!

Anna Banana said...

I was just wondering what kind of cheese you used for the pizza... (fat free, low fat, etc) because I've tried melting fat free cheese before and it mostly just burns. Thanks! love your site!!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

:) Yuk Fat Free... I don't do fat free ANYTHING. Full fat = flavor, in moderation.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

TY ;)