Pronto Personal Pizza

A snack or a full meal in minutes

4 whole-wheat pita (pocket) breads
2 oz fat free soy cheese (see note below)
4 T soy or rice parmesan cheese, grated
4 T pasta sauce (any low fat spaghetti sauce)
1 tomato
4 slices of veggie pepperoni (or other veggie 'meats')
1/2 onion, sliced thin
1/2 C mushrooms
1 C vegetables, in small pieces (your favorites)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread 1 T pasta sauce on each pita. Place a layer of sliced soy cheese to cover the entire pita, then sprinkle on soy parmesan on each. Add layers of mushrooms, veggies, soy 'meats', thinly sliced tomato, and then very thinly sliced onion on top.

Bake for about five to ten minutes, or until veggies are tender and the bottom of the pita bread is as crisp as desired. (The bread is fully baked, so this pizza only needs to be heated until the veggies are ready. For a quicker pizza, precook the veggies in a microwave or steamer.)

4 pizzas, each 167 calories: 6% from fat (1.3 g), 79% from carbohydrates (35.1 g), 15% from protein (6.7 g). Sodium 248 mg, Fiber 6.5 g.

Healing Heart Hint

Fat free soy or rice cheese is available in mozzarella, jack, swiss, cheddar, jalapeno-jack and American styles. Mozzarella or jack makes a more typical pizza.

Meatless and fat free pepperoni slices as well as Canadian bacon, salami, sausage and other favorites are available in most larger health food stores.

Because these are fat free, they should not be on top of the pizza, where they will dry out during baking.

Substitute or add whatever makes this pizza each person's favorite.

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