Pizza and sushi. The two best foods that have ever existed in the world of food. If you don’t like sushi, I can forgive you. Sushi can be a little bit funky, and there are some interesting textures goin’ on in there with the raw fish. But pizza? Evveerryyone loves pizza. If you don’t love pizza, then I don’t love you.
Just kidding. I still love you.
Just a little bit less, pizza hater.
So the other day I was really in the mood for pizza (per usual…#erryday), and was trying to figure out a way to make a 21 Day Fix friendly version. By using whole wheat naan as the “crust” (you can also use pita bread), a little less cheese, and ground turkey/turkey sausage instead of beef or pork, you are good to go in healthy pizza land! And, ohhhh man, it is delicious. Satisfied my pizza craving in a second!
And, surprisingly, whole wheat naan is an AWESOME (and suuuupa easy) pizza crust substitute. You bake it in the oven first to begin crisping it up a bit and then as it finishes baking with all the toppings, the bottom and edges get nice and crispy. It ends up tasting like a yummy thin crust pizza!
Now, in these pictures it doesn’t look like there is very much cheese on here. Most of it is underneath all the toppings and there’s just a tiiiiiiny bit sprinkled over top. Because of the very hefty amount of toppings, you can’t even see the cheese…hence the title “loaded” pizza ???. Hey, if you’re gunna do it, do it right.
A few things to point out here:
- There is a lot of meat on this pizza…because…meaty pizzas rock. If you want to half the meat, go for it. If you like meaty pizzas like me, enjoy yourselves ladies and gentleman.
- The sauce: you can do one of two things. One – you can use jarred sauce (counts as a green container). If you do this, try to get a good, healthy brand with simple, whole ingredients. Two – you can use canned diced tomatoes and whirl them around in your blender (also counts as green). Whichever floats your boat slash whichever you have in your pantry or fridge.
- The toppings!! This is a very versatile recipe. I chose to add red onions and black olives on top of my pizza (along with a little basil), but you can add anything you want. Just stick with the container sizes and you are all good to go.
And that’s it! More pictures.
Alright. So I have to tell you guys about my car drama this weekend. Ugh.
I have to travel back a few weeks to the beginning of this whole situation. Sometime in the beginning of February (ish), I tried to start Seth’s car and it responded zero percent. No noise, no engine turning over, nothing. So I figured I just needed to jump it. After trying to find time for like a week, I finally made it over to my friend’s house and her husband gave me a tutorial on how to jump a car.
Yes. I didn’t know how. Yes. I should know how to jump a car by this point in my life. Stop judging me. STOP IT.
Anyway, went back home, jumped the car, and nothing. My friend’s husband said I needed a new battery. So I went to Walmart, waited in line for forever, and bought a new battery. He came over the next weekend to install it. SO nice, by the way (shout out to Ed Evans – you rock!). So the car started – yay!! Such a satisfying noise. But then he checked the oil and it registered as having literally zero in there.
So I drove to Walmart…again…and bought a few quarts of oil – just enough to get me a few miles down the road to get an oil change. About a week later when I finally had another spare minute, I poured the oil into the thingie (I know nothing about cars), and drove to get an oil change. I waited again for a while, and the dude came in and told me that whoever changed my oil last time messed something up, and when he pulled the drain plug out, all the wires came out with it (again…I don’t know what any of this means).
He then told me that he wouldn’t put it back in and let me drive anywhere, and that I had to get it towed from where I currently was to Firestone. At this point I have no car, no ride, no way to get to Firestone or home. So I called for a tow, and rode with the tow truck guy to Firestone. In the front of his tow truck.
Side note: this ended being awesome and the tow dude was THE NICEST person ever. We had awesome chats on the way to Firestone.
Anyway, so I got there, still not sure how I was going to get home because I hadn’t gotten a hold of any friends yet. They told me it was going to be a several-day thing and the car definitely wouldn’t be ready that afternoon. So I got a hold of a friend, and she and her husband came to pick me up – yesssss no longer stranded – and took me home.
So what began as a simple, 30 minute oil change turned into hours of this big mess. Ugh. These are the times when it is super inconvenient to have a deployed husband! It all ended up working out, though. I have no idea what it is going to end up costing…I really hope it’s not a ton!
Anyway….back to pizza!
Make this pizza when you are stressed – it will solve all your problems ?.
For you 21 Day Fix people, these are your container measurements:
- 1 yellow container (whole wheat naan)
- 1 red container (ground turkey and turkey sausage)
- 1/2 blue container (mozzarella cheese)
- 1/2 orange container (olives)
- 1/4 green container (onions)
- 1/4 purple container (pizza sauce)
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- ¼ pound turkey sausage, casings removed
- ¼ pound ground turkey
- 1 "round" of whole wheat naan (you may also use whole wheat pita bread, but I find naan to be a bit softer and more tender)
- ⅓ cup red onions, thinly sliced - more or less to taste [1/3 green container]
- ⅓ cup tomato sauce - more or less to taste [1/3 green container] *see note at bottom of recipe*
- 2 tablespoons sliced black olives [1 orange container]
- ¼ cup low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese [1 blue container]
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 pinch oregano
- Sliced basil for optional extra topping
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Place your naan on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes to crisp it up slightly before adding anything else on top
- Meanwhile, add your turkey sausage and ground turkey into a skillet over medium high heat, season with salt and pepper, and brown until cooked through. Set aside
- When your naan is done, remove it from the oven and spread your sauce evenly across the top
- Next, add your cheese, reserving a small amount to sprinkle over top
- Next is your meat - spread it evenly over the cheese
- Add your red onions and olives over top of the meat
- Add your remaining small amount of cheese, and sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes and a pinch of oregano over the top of everything
- Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until your cheese is melted and your onions have cooked down a bit
- Remove, slice, sprinkle with some sliced basil (optional), and serve!
- *Note about pizza sauce: you can do one of two things - use jarred sauce or used canned tomatoes that you blend together for a few seconds until smooth. Either way works!*
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In the mood for more easy pizza ideas? Head over and check out my Easy French Bread Pizza!