What do you think of when you hear the word “pizza”?
Greasy? Cheesy? Unhealthy? Ton of unnecessary calories? Sure. But a hot, melty pizza for dinner is as American as it gets.
There's a way to have your pie and eat it, too. The solution to the calorie-bomb that is most delivery pizza is healthy pizza made at home. These recipes, garnered from some of our favorite online sources, are fairly easy to whip up. You can make your own dough or get a jump start with the store-bought kind.
It’s time to ditch delivery charges (every dollar counts in this down economic cycle) and all the unhealthful fat. The typical slice of pepperoni pizza has about 400 calories, while a slice of thin-crust pizza with vegetables topping has only 150.
So try one of these scrumptious healthy homemade pizza recipes for a change.
 Nectarine and Prosciutto Pizza: I’m super duper in love with this pizza. I’m eager to try it with different varieties as the seasons change. It’s the ideal pizza to cook with late summer fruits, like nectarines, peaches or even tomatoes. Once you’ve perfected this technique, use it with any selection of toppings that tickle your fancy. Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: Eating Well magazine)
 Eggplant Parmesan Pizza: This pizza is scattered with eggplant, marinara, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Yummy! And before you scrunch up your face, remember: eggplant soaks up flavors really well. Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: Eating Well magazine)
 Green Pizza: Doesn’t the sound of bright verde veggies—like broccoli and arugula—as pizza toppings sound refreshinglafter a long winter of soups, stews and root veggies? The arugula adds a hint of bitter, peppery taste to the pizza. You can use spinach for a milder flavor. Serve with fresh tomato tossed with vinegar, olive oil, basil and ground pepper. Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: Eating Well magazine)
 Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pizza: This stuffed pizza is loaded with tofu, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil. It’s reasonably effortless to make stuffed pizza at home. Simply roll the crust thin, spread filling over half and fold closed. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping and mixed green salad to top it all off. Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: Eating Well magazine)
 Vegan Artichoke Pizza: If the thought of canned artichokes make your heart swell, then this pizza is a must. You can also toss in fresh basil, parsley and sun-dried tomatoes to complete the old-school italian feel. Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: The Daily Green)
 Broccoli-Cheese Polenta Pizza: Walk away from traditional sauce-laden pizzas for a minute and use fresh plum tomatoes and broccoli florets as an alternative. It’s vegetarian! Click here for cooking instructions. (Source: The Daily Green)
Got a fresh, healthy, delicious pizza recipe of your own? Please share them below!