The Lighter Side of Pizza, 10 Recipes To Try At Home

Shrimp, Spinach and Basil Pizza-
(291 calories, 7.1 g fat per slice; yields 8 slices) Ingredients: 1 (16-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli) 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 ... more 
Shrimp, Spinach and Basil Pizza-
(291 calories, 7.1 g fat per slice; yields 8 slices) Ingredients: 1 (16-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli) 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Cooking spray 1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms 3 cups chopped spinach 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated sharp provolone cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 425°. Place crust on a baking sheet; set aside. Combine cornstarch, milk, and garlic in a small saucepan, stirring well with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread sauce over crust. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; sauté shrimp 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Drain. Spoon shrimp mixture over sauce. Sprinkle with oregano and basil. Top with cheeses. Bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 7:11 PM EST
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I firmly believe that pizza is one of the most universally loved foods. I could easily eat a slice every single day, without getting sick of it - and that is a very real possibility when you live in a pizza capitol like New York. But my healthy conscience knows better - so instead of indulging my cravings with a greasy pie, I'm always on the lookout for healthy, but equally delicious, alternatives.



The one thing I've found when it comes to lightening up is that there's no better way to cut calories than to make it yourself. Cooking at home puts you in complete control of every ingredient from beginning to end. It may sound like a lot of work to whip up homemade pizza, but you'll be happy you did when you have to put on your bikini this summer. Click through for 10 of my favorite at-home pizza recipes.



* Note: You can get refrigerated pizza dough at your local pizzeria or supermarket, like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

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