Pizza always sounds like a good idea, until you remember the havoc it can wreak on your waistline. Luckily, pizza is an incredibly versatile kind of food. It lends itself to all kinds of creative reinvention and “rebranding” that can easily transform a common pizza recipe into a simple, waist-friendly meal option.

 

White Goat Cheese Pizza with Mushrooms and Zucchini

Prep Time: 30 minutes/Servings: 4

 

One of our all-time favorites, this recipe uses a white sauce made from a combination of sour cream, cottage cheese, and goat cheese. It helps to keep calories low and also adds a good dose of nutrients like protein and calcium. Zucchini and mushroom toppers also provide a healthy abundance of vegetable-based vitamins and minerals, while basil leaves and red pepper flakes add kicks of flavor.

 

Aerial shot of ingredients for Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients for Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

 

  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • ¼ cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup lowfat sour cream
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms (we used cremini)
  • 2 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 store-bought pre-baked pizza crust (we went with two ultra thin and crispy personal size crusts, but you may use the crust of your preference)

 

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

 

Using a blender, combine the goat cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and garlic. Blend until you have a smooth, creamy mixture that will be spread easily onto your pizza crust. Set mixture aside.

 

Sliced vegetables on a cutting board

Directions for making Goat Cheese Pizza

Slice the zucchini and mushrooms into thin, even slices. The thinner the slices are, the faster they will bake through when the pizza is in the oven.

 

Begin assembling the pizza by first spooning the cheese and sour cream mixture onto the pre-baked pizza crust and spread it evenly.

 

Place your mushroom and zucchini slices on the pizza then top with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way when it comes to spiciness, so start sparingly and add more  later as preferred.

 

Place the pizza on a baking sheet and bake in the middle rack of the oven until the vegetables on top begin to brown. This takes about 15 minutes.

 
After removing the pizza from the oven, quickly place the basil leaves on top while still hot. The heat from the pizza will allow the leaves to melt onto the cheese before serving.

 

This is an adaptation of a recipe that originally appeared in the February 2015 edition of Cosmopolitan.

 
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