Mr. Prevention loves, loves, loves pizza. So when these went on the menu, I surely thought they would go over well. Which they did, but not before he complained some about a lack of pizza sauce and pepperoni.
To which his answer was stopping by the grocery store for said ingredients and making “his” pizzas as I made “my” pizzas. If I were smarter, I would’ve kept them all as MINE…but I’m nice.
His pizza antics receive an eye roll from me because he ended up loving these Greek Pita Pizzas…and liking them better than his plain Jane pepperoni pizzas anyways (I knew this ahead of time…he did not) and also because my kitchen is FAR too small to accommodate two people at a time.
Plus a dog.
She’s always around when there’s food to be begged for. And she doesn’t just sit there…she sits in the worst possible places, either between my island and the fridge or between the fridge and the pantry. She then proceeds to stick her leg out in an awkward, unnatural way. We call this “the chicken leg”. I think it’s her way of trying to trip me in the hopes of food tumbling from my hands and into her mouth, but I guess there’s no way to confirm that. Likely a safe assumption, however…
With warmer weather (that seems to be toying with the idea of leaving us – uncool) comes…laziness.
I want to come home from work, get in my workout, and then relax outside with a great dinner and a glass or wine. Except, that whole dinner making thing loses its appeal when the kitchen is inside…and the great outdoors are not.
While there’s always grilling, I also love the option of super quick, light meals that still boast lots of nutrition.
Enter: Greek Pita Pizzas.
The second I saw these posted, the ingredients went on my grocery list and they were on the Weekly Menu for the following week. I wasted no time in confirming these…are…wonderful! These Greek Pita Pizzas captured everything I love about Greek food: hummus, tomatoes, salty olives & feta, and even a creamy tzatziki. All for 312 calories per pizza!
Furthermore, these pizzas pack 6 grams of fiber, are carb-controlled, and offer up nearly 16 grams of vegetarian protein.
Can you tell these have me pretty pumped up? Mmmmm!
Greek Pita Pizzas inspired by America’s Test Kitchen, The Best Simple Recipes as seen on and slightly adapted from Pink Parsley
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 (6-inch) whole wheat pita breads (100 calories each)
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
12 pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup hummus
1/2 part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 Tbsp (1 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp English cucumber, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all the ingredients for the tzatziki. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 475 F. Spray both sides of pitas with olive oil. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, vinegar, and oregano in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Toss with the olives, onions, and tomatoes.
Spread 2 tablespoons of the hummus over each pita, leaving a small border. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mozzarella on each pita, Divide the vegetable mixture evenly over the cheese, then sprinkle with the feta.
Cook until the vegetables are softened and the cheese has melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with tzatziki sauce and serve.
Yield: 4 servings (1 pita pizza with tzatziki each).
Nutrition Information (per pizza): 312 calories; 15.3 g. fat; 12 mg. cholesterol; 780 mg. sodium; 30.5 g. carbohydrate; 6 g. fiber; 15.8 g. protein
Result: Super easy and absolutely delicious! These were a hit and will FOR SURE be made again. I loved all the flavors…especially the oregano and vinegar with the salty olives and fresh tomatoes. For a quick, healthy meal this one shouldn’t be over-looked. Enjoy![/print_this]
My mom has been WAITING for this recipe since I raved about it during my parent’s visit. Mom, it was worth the wait – trust me!
Teaching, meeting, workout.