Meatless Monday & Money Matters: Baked Potato Skins Veggie Pizzas

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Pizza comes in many forms. Mr. Prevention tends to request things along the lines of Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza, while I try to improvise with recipes like Portabello Mushroom Pizzas.

There’s been recipes circulating on Pinterest for a “cauliflower pizza crust”. I’ve read people’s comments and based on the many I’ve read, I think I’m going to pass. I stick to my claims of there being such a thing as “too healthy”. If you don’t enjoy what you’re eating, consider those calories wasted.

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I really enjoyed the Portabello Mushroom Pizzas, but were they pizza-like? Not so much. Not in a bad way at all…but they don’t curb the cheesy, greasy, carby pizza cravings people are up against.

However, potatoes are carb-a-licious. And if you bake them to perfection, they have that slight crisp on the outside and the fluffy carb on the inside. And let’s not forget that potatoes offer up a great source of potassium and dietary fiber, among other vitamins and minerals, and are naturally fat-free.

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Potatoes…we’re on to something. BIG.

The need for carbs has been met.

The rest is preference. Veggies? Pepperoni? Whatever is your pleasure.

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In the case of these Baked Potato Skin Pizzas — I added mini bell pepper slices to my skins…and mini bell pepper and turkey pepperoni (quartered) on Mr. Prevention’s skins.

But the beauty is…you can add what…ever…you…want!

These take about 90 minutes to come together, but very little is hands-on time. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive. Curbing the pizza cravings for 101 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of fiber, and less than 12 grams of carbohydrate is…fabulous. And the taste? I promise it won’t disappoint!

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Baked Potato Skins Veggie Pizzas adapted from Sea Salt with Food

4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed
cooking spray
sea salt
1 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 bell pepper, thinly sliced (I used 3 mini bell peppers)
Italian seasoning, to taste
crush red pepper flakes, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Place the potatoes on a large baking tray. Bake the potatoes for 40 to 50 minutes, or until softened. Remove from the oven and let the potatoes cool slightly.

Cut each potato in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch of the potato skin.

 Lightly spray the potato skins with cooking spray and season with sea salt. Bake skins for 8 to 10 minutes on each side until they are crisp. Remove.

Fill each skin with about 2 tablespoon tomato sauce, top-up with mozzarella cheese, and bell pepper.

 Bake 15 to 16 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Allow to cook for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Yield: 8 potato skin pizzas.

Nutrition Information (per skin): 101 calories; 3 g. fat; 9 mg. cholesterol; 190 mg. sodium; 11.9 g. carbohydrate; 1.6 g. fiber; 7 g. protein

Result: A healthy alternative to pizza and a great, fun finger food that is very kid-friendly. These are perfect for a game or get-together, or could be made into a meal by pairing with a salad or veggie side. Enjoy!

Money Matters: Potatoes are $0.50 each. I used about 1/3 of a package of shredded cheese which came to $0.66 (packages were on sale for $1.98 each). Tomato sauce is $0.60 for 8 ounces. The bell pepper and spices come to about $0.40. The total cost of the recipe comes to $3.66 making the cost per “pizza” $0.46!

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Clinic, teach, clinic for me. Have a great week!

Be well,

Comments

  1. says

    I kind of like your potato pizza idea – going to have to give it a shot one of these days. Especially since we always have extra potatoes on hand.

  2. says

    I love pizza too!

    Baked potatoes were a grad school staple for me – with salsa, shredded cheese, black beans and sour cream. Cheapy cheap!

    I love the idea to make it pizza-like; what did you do with the extra potato innerds?

  3. says

    Trust me, you aren’t missing anything by skipping out on the cauliflower crust. I tried it once and was sorely disappointed! I’m not a huge potato person but these really sound fantastic, I’d happily eat them for dinner or a snack!

  4. says

    Awesome idea!! I am totally trying these. It’s like a combo of two of my favorite things, except I haven’t had potato skins in forever. I love the idea of combining the two flavors/ideas. And if my kids are anything like their parents they will love these too :D
    On the “too healthy” idea, I’ve found very few things can be completely replaced by something healthy that’s different so I usually just treat myself occasionally and then get on with my regular healthy eating. But a lot of things sound good to me, just to try them for what they are, not as a replacement for anything.

  5. says

    I have been trying to eat more ‘whole foods’ and this is a perfect way to do pizza, how clever!! Thanks for sharing, the pictures are lovely.

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