Friday night pizza is sort of sacred in our house, but with the crazy heat wave we’ve been having lately, I just don’t want to cook. Like at all. Ever. Not even pizza. All I want to do is huddle in the back room with our window-unit air conditioner blasting and never ever come out. They probably can deliver pizza to the window, right?
Anyway, this pita pizza is my compromise. It gets broiled, so the oven is only on 5 minutes tops and it really doesn’t warm the house at all. It also satisfies Alex’s need for pizza – trust me, the last thing you want to do is set up a 2 year old’s expectations of fun food, then dash them. The whining is intense.
Incidentally, this also fits in with my goals. I haven’t shared much about this, but I’ve been working on losing weight for some time. After Faith, I weighed 50 lbs more than I ever had before. Yep, you read that right. 50 lbs.
Getting up and down off the floor was difficult, as was keeping up with my kids. This is from the girl who was an aerobics instructor, half-marathon runner, yoga enthusiast, and multiple Beachbody program graduate. Being slow and tired was kind of a new thing for me, and I can’t say I liked it.
In fact, I was pretty upset, and so we’ve made some big changes to the way we eat and to our activity levels. I actually changed up my favorite pizza recipe for these pita pizzas about two months ago as a way of making pizza Friday healthier and more in line with the way I wanted to live. Regular pepperonis gave way to turkey pepperonis, and maybe I have no taste buds, but I really can’t tell the difference, and they’re the same price at Walmart.
I’m down 30 lbs as of this writing, and much more fit. I can get up and down off the floor, and while I think trying to keep up with Alex might tax even the people on American Ninja Warrior, I’m doing better. I’m a heck of a lot happier – that’s for sure. And I won’t give all the credit to these lovely little personal pizzas, but hey, they sure didn’t hurt things, right? 🙂
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, My Fitness Pal tells me they’re 343 calories per pizza.
Pepperoni Pita Pizzas
- 4 pitas
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp sugar
- crushed red pepper flakes opt
- pepperoni to top
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place pitas on covered sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce and all spices and sugar.
- Spoon tomato sauce over pitas and spread into thin layer.
- Top with cheese and pepperonis.
- Broil for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.