Variations On A Pizza Theme
from the American Institute for Cancer Research
One-pot meals are dinner solutions in many cuisines. The Chinese have stir-fries, Indians make curries and many countries in the Middle East and North Africa feature pilafs. Americans have taken ideas from a variety of cultures and adapted them to make their own versions of stews, chilis, casseroles and other one-pot meals.
A favorite American all-in-one meal is the pizza. With some minor adjustments, pizza is not out of bounds for the health- and diet-conscious. Since October is National Pizza Month, it’s a good time to look at the options.
Start by rethinking the traditional bready pizza crust. Instead, the pizza in the following recipe combines cooked rice with an egg and fresh herbs to make a crust. Relying mainly on fresh vegetables for toppings is an easy way to increase your daily servings of plant foods. They are also a smart substitute for fatty or processed meat toppings that contain dangerous nitrosamines. Low-fat mozzarella is a good pizza cheese choice for the health-conscious. For a very trendy as well as healthful pizza, use goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
The rice pizza crust in the following pizza can serve as a canvas for any number of fresh ingredients that make a great-tasting pizza. It is a good opportunity to use the end-of-the-season tomatoes, zucchini and other vegetables, as well as fresh herbs like basil and thyme. Broccoli, mushrooms and eggplant would all be good additions.