Saturday, May 28, 2011

Vegetarian Low Fat Spinach Artichoke Pizza Recipe

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This Vegetarian Low Fat Spinach Artichoke Pizza with Light Alfredo Sauce, Asparagus and Tomatoes is my new favorite thing!  (I forgot to take a picture of the whole pizza.)

I made homemade pizza for dinner tonight.  We do often.  The boys each get to make their own individual pizzas and I put out the different toppings.  All four boys have only put cheese on their pizzas.  Yet they will eat pepperoni right out of the package like crazy.  Silly boys!  I usually just make a pizza on the pizza stone for Kevin and I, but he decided to make calzones with all kinds of “things” inside that I wouldn’t eat. ;)  So I made my own pizza.  It will take me days to eat it, but it was so good, I probably could have eaten half the pizza in one sitting!

For the boys, I made a regular pizza dough with bread flour.  Then I made a whole wheat pizza dough, which is one I’ve made quite a few times that I found on Joe’s blog, Culinary In The Country.  I adapted the recipe just a little, instead of one cup whole wheat flour and one cup all purpose flour,  used 1  1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all purpose.  This pizza dough is so easy as everything is made in the food processor and it makes a nice crisp whole wheat crust after rising for about an hour.

Spinach Artichoke Asparagus Pizza 5-27-11

Vegetarian Low Fat Spinach Artichoke Pizza, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!

1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough (or regular dough, enough for a 14 inch pizza)

1/2 cup jarred Light Alfredo Sauce (I used Classico)

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cups chopped fresh spinach (or more)

about 1/3 lb. fresh asparagus, cut on a diagonal in 1/2 inch size pieces

1  14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts (I used about 3/4 of the can, add according to taste)

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 cup finely shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

cornmeal, for sprinkling on the pizza stone

Make pizza dough, let it rise for about an hour .

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Preheat a pizza stone. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch non stick skillet over medium heat.  Add the spinach and asparagus and saute for a minute or two.  Add the garlic and artichokes and saute for another 30 seconds or so.  Remove from heat and let it cool while you roll out the pizza dough.  Remove the stone from the oven and place the rolled out dough on it.  Spread the Alfredo sauce evenly over the dough.  Scatter the spinach mixture evenly over the sauce. 

Sprinkle both cheeses over the vegetables.  Then scatter the chopped tomato over the top.  Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes (checking it every minute or two after 10 minutes).  Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle it with the chopped basil.  Slice with a pizza cutter. 

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I can hardly wait to have another slice of this pizza!

Here’s Kevin’s two calzones he made.  One was full of pepperoni, green peppers, jalapeno, cheese, etc. and the other had some leftover chicken fajita mixture with black beans, cheese, etc.

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Sam had his last day of preschool for the year.  We snapped a quick picture with his teacher, Mrs. Clark.

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The other boys are counting down, four more days of school next week until they’re done!  Their last day of school will be Scott’s 13th birthday.  Oh boy, are we ready for a teenager?

21 comments:

Lisa said...

You sure know how to eat well at your house.

jillbert said...

Your pizza looks like the perfect dinner! How fun to let everyone make their own pizza too!

Cookin' Canuck said...

My kids are counting down to the last days of school, too. This pizza sounds as though it has fantastic flavor!

Katrina said...

Your pizza does look yummy, but I think I am with your hubby on that calzone... YUM

Jaime said...
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Jaime said...

that pizza looks delicious but those calzones look AMAZING!!! mmmmm :)

Alisa said...

Now that is my kind of pizza. I love it!

Pegasuslegend said...

my kind of pizza for sure .... have a great summer kids!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

That looks like the perfect pizza to me! I love spinach and artichoke hearts. I'll give this one a try really soon.

Kudos Kitchen said...

Your pizza looks yummy! All my favorite ingredients and a good crispy whole wheat crust. D-lish!!! Hope you all have a great summer! Enjoy those boys!

Maria said...

I want a slice! My kind of pizza!

Denise said...

Looks great, I have it bookmarked. I have whole wheat pizza dough that I have made in the freezer. Thanks for the recip

Rock Kitaro said...

Lovely photos!!!

Joe said...

Awesome job with the dough and I love how you showed the versatility of it!

Tracey said...

I've been obsessed with homemade pizza for the past few months and yours looks insanely good! My husband wouldn't eat it but that's ok, more for me :)

Cooking Courses said...

The pizza looks great and healthy too. I'm going to try it out this week.

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Anonymous said...

I have been searching for a really great low fat spinich pizza recipe for some time now and thanks to you and think I've found it. It looks amazing! I can hardly wait to do this with my girls.

thx a bunch

Diana Lowenthal said...

Your pizza looks fabulous! Just one minor quibble ... in the strict sense, your pizza is not vegetarian. The Classico Light Alfredo Sauce contains Parmesan Cheese. One of the ingredients in Parmesan cheese is "enzymes". The enzymes are an animal product, usually taken from animal stomachs. Just sharing for you information (in case you were making this for vegetarians)

Katrina said...

Diana, I thought at least most vegetarians eat cheese and that it's vegans who don't eat any animal products. I know many vegetarians who do eat cheese. Thanks though.