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Loaded Pizza With Turkey Pepperoni Recipe

It's hundreds of calories less than anything you could get delivered!
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Ordering a supreme pizza for delivery is an open invitation for caloric calamity. Best-case scenario, you're looking at 250 calories a slice; worst case, 500 or sometimes even more. Here, we use Boboli's whole-wheat thin crust shell as a low-calorie, fiber-rich base. We then load the pizza with a team of nutritional all-stars (red peppers, artichokes, fresh basil), and a good amount of turkey pepperoni. Torn deli ham or Canadian bacon would also work great here. You're your own delivery person now! Kiss Pizza Hut goodbye, because with this loaded pizza recipe, you'll save 500 calories by making this recipe instead. Dig in!

Nutrition: 300 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated), 780 mg sodium

Serves 4

You'll Need

12" Boboli whole-wheat thin pizza crust (For a gluten-free option, you can use English muffins, cauliflower crust, or the gluten-free crust of your choice)
1 cup tomato-basil pasta sauce (We like Muir Glen)
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
15 slices turkey pepperoni
1⁄2 cup sliced onion
1⁄2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
1⁄2 cup chopped green olives
2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 jar (6 oz) artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves (Optional. Fresh basil is a perfect pizza garnish, but unless you have other uses for it, it's probably not worth the extra $2 or $3 price tag.)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cover the crust with sauce and then cheese.
  3. Sprinkle with the pepperoni, onion, peppers, olives, garlic, pepper flakes, and artichokes.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  5. Top with the basil (if using) and serve immediately.

Eat This Tip

For years, Boboli has provided time-starved Americans with an alternative to delivery pizza. Problem is, most Americans opt for Boboli's regular crust, which is thick and doughy and thus overloaded with calories and carbs. Thankfully, they offer a whole-wheat, thin-crust alternative that not only reduces calories, but also boosts fiber, maximizing the satiating effect of the pizza. If you'd rather make personal pizzas, try whole wheat English muffins or perfectly thin pita bread, or swap in a gluten-free bread or a cauliflower crust.

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