Easy Basil Flatbread Pizza

When you’re trying to watch what you eat, pizza might be the furthest thing from your mind. What if you could have your pizza, and eat it too? It’s true!

I developed this flavorful, delicious and oh-so-easy recipe for a Mediterranean style flatbread pizza with the blessing of ProMedica Wellness Dietitian Kinsy McNamee that has become one of my favorite go-to dinners.

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Ingredients

Naan flatbread
Low moisture mozzarella cheese
One sweet bell pepper
½ onion
Fresh basil leaves
2 cups balsamic vinegar*
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

*pre-made balsamic reduction is also fine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Serves two.

337 Calories per serving
13.5 Grams of fat

You can download the recipe here.

 

Chop your onion. Grab a sauté pan (a pot works well also) and place it on medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and swirl it around to coat the pan.

chopped onion

Throw in your onions and give them a quick stir. By now you’re probably crying. It’s OK, friend. Dry your eyes and continue watching these, stirring occasionally so they’ll caramelize. Reduce the heat if need be. While those are cooking…

sauted onions

Make a balsamic reduction. I know it sounds scary, but I promise it’s super easy. You can learn how to here. Making your own will save you at the grocery store and you can save it in the fridge for later. If you don’t have time or aren’t feeling quite so adventurous, the store bought kind is just fine.

balsamic reduction

Chop your bell pepper. I prefer the red, yellow or orange varieties for this recipe. They work really nicely with the sweetness of the onion. You won’t be cooking these beforehand, so set these aside for now. Preheat the oven at this point to 350 degrees.

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Next, get out your fresh mozzarella and cut thin slices.

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Get your naan out of the package and lay it on a non-stick cookie sheet or pizza stone if you have one. Take your caramelized onions and spread them on the naan. That’s your base. Think of it like the sauce. Squish ‘em around real good. There you go.

naan onions

Add the rest of your toppings, minus the basil. Don’t completely cover the pizza in cheese. Let the other ingredients share the spotlight. Kinsy says adding chicken to this recipe will also up the protein power. Be sure the chicken is pre-cooked before you add it.

pizza toppings

By now, your oven should be preheated to 350 degrees. Pop the whole thing in the oven for 10-15 minutes. All ovens are different, so keep an eye on your pizza for when the edges turn golden brown and the cheese bubbles.

Coarsely chop some fresh basil leaves and sprinkle on the baked pizza. Then drizzle the balsamic reduction over the whole thing.

basil pizza

Cut into shapes and expertly arrange them on a fancy plate for what is sure to be the best Instagram photo of your life. Pair with a side salad packed with even more veggies and enjoy. #IMadeThis

finished basil pizza

 

 

katie warcholKatie Warchol is a senior social media specialist at ProMedica. She earned her bachelor of science in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

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