When a basic cheese pie just won’t do, try one—or more!—of these to-die-for toppings.
A word about dough You can get refrigerated pizza dough at your local pizzeria or supermarket (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Albertsons make great ones). Let dough sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling it out, and arrange your oven rack at the lowest position. Choose one of the following pizza topping ideas and prepare as directed.
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Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
Traditional eggplant parmesan is high in calories and sodium. Enjoy the flavors you love with this lighter, non-fried pizza version. Fresh plum tomatoes are a good source of folate and the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene, while part-skim ricotta adds a creamy texture without all the saturated fat of whole-milk cheeses.
Get a taste of the Mediterranean with this pie featuring fresh shrimp and sweet grape tomatoes. Using a sharp, salty cheese like feta minimizes fat since you don't need a lot to enjoy its pungent flavor.
Potatoes make an inexpensive topping and are low in calories and high in potassium and vitamins C and B6. Make sure to leave on the skinsthey contain fiber and a cancer-fighting plant chemical called chlorogenic acid. Turkey bacon adds a delicious smoky flavor without the saturated fat of traditional pork varieties.
Fresh lemon and dill liven up reduced-fat cream cheese to create a zesty, lower-calorie spread for this delicious pizza. Tender smoked salmon requires no extra prep and is full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Use this tasty combo to top mini whole-grain bagels for a tasty brunch dish!
This pizza gets a spicy kick from arrabiata sauce infused with red chile pepper flakes. Chiles contain capsaicin, a compound which may lower the risk of some cancers. A combo of smoked and regular mozzarella cheeses adds a flavorful twist to this classic pie.