Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Four Cheese Spinach Pizza

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

2 packages (10 ounces each) fresh spinach
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 prebaked Italian bread shell crust (10 ounces)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute spinach for 2-3 minutes or until wilted; remove from the skillet. Cool slightly; chop.

In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir in the spinach, salt and pepper. Spread over crust to within 1/2 in. of edge.

In a large bowl, combine the tomato, onions, olives, basil, oil, vinegar and garlic; sprinkle over spinach mixture.

Top with the feta cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until cheese softens and is lightly browned.

Tips and Tricks
I always use frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, when I make this pizza. One 10 ounce package works fine, but use two for a thicker topping. Fresh basil tastes better, but use 1/3 teaspoon dried basil if you don't have any fresh. I also omit the salt and the olives. Make your own pizza crust to save money, or buy a prebaked crust to save time. Substitute sweet onions for the green onions if you don't have green onion on hand.
Make It Healthier
Omit the salt. At 270 calories per large slice, this pizza tastes so good, you'd never guess it's also good for you!
How Kids Can Help
Mix cheese topping. Spread topping on pizza crust. Older kids can shred cheese.

Nutrition Facts
One serving (1 slice) equals 270 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 823 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges
1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable

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