Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Protein Breakfast Pizza - Under 300 Calories...For the Whole Pizza!

Who says that pizzas aren't nutritional for breakfast - on top of that, a whole pizza?  Well, today I prove whoever that is WRONG! 

If you haven't discovered Flatout flatbread yet, run to your nearest Walmart or Costco and pick some up immediately - no need to bump fellow customers with shopping carts though; they have plenty!  Flatout's flatbread comes in a Multi-Grain variety that boasts 100% whole wheat ingredients, 9 grams of protein, 8 grams of dietary fiber, only 2.5g of total fat (no saturated fat) - of which are healthy, good-for-you Omega 3's coming from flax, and only 1g of sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup, either!).  Is this real life? You betcha!  These wraps are thicker and puffier than those low-carb wraps you find (those wraps can be paper thin, barely holding your ingredients together without cracking) and are HUGE, making them perfect for healthy wraps, pizzas, or even baked "tortilla" chips. 

Using this protein-laden, surprisingly healthy flatbread, I created a delicious, savory, and immensely filling protein breakfast pizza with little effort on my part - the oven did most of the work.  While you do need to bake this, it is easily tossed together and thrown into the oven, so you have time to get ready in the morning while it bakes!

The ENTIRE...and I mean ENTIRE...pizza contains less than 300 calories for all of you weight-watchers, yet contains around 21 grams of protein, a little under 9 grams of healthy fats, and a ton of fiber!  With all the nutritional ingredients, this is a wonderful breakfast to start your day and to keep your hunger pangs under control until lunch.


Ingredients:
  • 1 Flatout Multi-Grain Flatbread with Flax
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 large leaves of fresh basil, more or less to taste - you can also use dried if that's all you've got
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • large, supple handful of spinach, chopped
  • a few thin slices of tomato
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil - all to taste
Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
In a blender or magic bullet, blend together the cottage cheese, garlic clove, fresh basil, a dash of salt, and a dash of pepper until in forms into a creamy sauce; this only takes a few seconds.  Place the flatbread on a pizza pan, for it'll be easier to transfer into the oven.  Spread the "sauce" all over the flatbread evenly; there is surprisingly a nice, thick amount to spread over the entire thing - no thin layers, woohoo!  Over the sauce, lay some freshly sliced tomatoes, and then top with the chopped spinach.  Crack an egg over the top of the spinach, in the middle for all you presentation-savvy chefs out there.  Sprinkle the entire pizza with a little pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, and paprika.  Pop the pizza into the oven, and bake for 15-25 minutes, until the egg whites are completely white and the yolk is at your desired consistency.  If you like runnier eggs, hold the pizza in for more the 15-20 minute range.  I like my egg yolk fully cooked, so I kept the pizza in for more the 25 minute range and set the broiler on low for the last 2 minutes. 
Voila! The pizza is done, and you can eat the whole thing by yourself, no eating-partners necessary!

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