Vegetarian Pita Pizza

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Last night, we were in the mood for pizza, so I decided to make it vegetarian with mozzarella cheese, sugar plum tomatoes, mushrooms, red bell pepper and red onions. I like to use pita bread, because the “crust” is thin and crispy. Sliced basil gives it freshness and red pepper flakes gives it punch!

Ingredients:

  • Pita Bread
  • Organic lite shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Organic sugar plum tomatoes, cut in half
  • Organic red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Organic red onion, thinly sliced
  • Organic mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Basil, thinly sliced
  • Organic sunflower oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Brush pita bread border with sunflower oil.
  3. Sprinkle pita with mozzarella cheese. Spread tomatoes evenly with flesh side up. Add sliced bell peppers, onions and mushrooms.
  4. Place in oven on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until pizza in golden brown. (For an extra crispy “crust,” turn oven off and let pizza sit for about 2 minutes).
  5. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired, and basil.
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Pita Bread Pizza

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  • Trader Joe’s Pita Bread (white or whole wheat)
  • Trader Joe’s Lite Shredded Mozzarella Cheese*
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Sugar Plum Tomatoes cut in half
  • Applegate Naturals Uncured Pepperoni (cut into 1/4 pieces)**
  • Trader Joe’s 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red onion (thinly sliced)
  • Basil (thinly sliced)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Brush the border of the pita bread with olive oil. Spread the tomatoes flesh side up on the pita bread. Place the pepperoni on top of the tomatoes. Then add the thinly sliced red onion. Finally, spread the mozzarella lightly and evenly on the pita bread. Place the pita on a non-stick jelly roll pan. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and crushed red pepper. The jelly roll pan I use has a fluted surface for even baking. I do find that the pan you use does make a difference for crispiness. You can easily make this pizza totally vegetarian by omitting the pepperoni and add sliced bell pepper, mushrooms, olives or whatever you like.

*50% less fat and 40% fewer calories than Trader Joe’s regular shredded mozzarella cheese. Made from cows not treated with rBST.

**Label states “No nitrates added except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder. No antibiotics used. Humanly raised. Gluten & casein free.”