Did you know May is Mediterranean Diet Month? To show our appreciation for the foods and flavors of this sun-drenched region — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, nuts, legumes, and olive oil — we created these D.I.Y. pita pizzas. Set up a pizza station with the ingredients portioned out in individual bowls, and then let your kids top their own pitas … hopefully with lots of vegetables. (What do you think of our smiley face pizza? We’re especially fond of the spinach hair!)

Make-Your-Own Veggie Pita Pizzas
Makes 4 Servings

These pizzas are more of a concept than an actual recipe. Anything goes in terms of the sautéed veggies you choose to use. We like onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and baby spinach, but depending on your taste buds, you could also add olives, eggplant, broccoli, diced butternut squash, and tomatoes. For a non-vegetarian option, use cooked chicken sausage or grilled shrimp. As for amounts, it’s entirely up to you and your family.

4 large whole grain pita rounds
Pasta sauce
Basil pesto
One 5- or 6-ounce bag baby spinach, sautéed
8 ounces mushrooms, coarsely chopped and sautéed
1 Vidalia or sweet onion, sliced into thin half-moons and sautéed
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice and sautéed
Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Crumbled Feta cheese
Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the pita rounds on one large baking sheet.

2. Spread pasta sauce or basil pesto (or both) on each pita and then top with your choice of vegetables and cheese.

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese melts and is lightly browned

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD are The Meal Makeover Moms, and together, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat better. For more recipes, check out their new cookbook, No Whine with Dinner. You can also read their blog, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen or listen to their weekly podcast, Cooking with the Moms.

3 Responses to Recipe of the week: make-your-own veggie pita pizzas

  1. Kristin says:

    Always a staple in our house. Thank goodness for olives! And I love the Mediterranean diet month; perhaps I should embrace it all year round :)

  2. Sarah says:

    My family has fun with these little pizzas since last week after listening to the Meal Makeover Moms. (after Manic Mommies, of course :) They turned out great! I think the whole grian pitas will need to be a staple around our house from now on. The make teriffic quick pizza crusts.

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