Protein Filled Pizza

Diet may be hard to take when the holidays have just passed by, especially if you love pizza! If losing weight is your main purpose, all you need to do is to lessen the carbs and fill in with less fattening ingredients. If building your body is your goal, filling yourself with protein enriched goods is the best option.


The Lean Protein Pizza Frittata can also be customized according to your liking or needs. Best of all, it is delectably tasty to the tongue of pizza lovers!


Ingredients:

1 organic hot Italian chicken sausage

1 red bell pepper, chopped

Handful button mushrooms, chopped

1 cup egg whites (or 8 egg whites)

1/8 tsp dry mustard

Garlic powder, sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

1 1-oz slice whole-wheat bread, crust removed and discarded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, optional

1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Directions:

1.       Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2.       Remove casings from sausages and crumble filling into a large oven-safe nonstick pan on medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally. After about 5 to 7 minutes, when sausage is golden brown in color and almost cooked through, add bell pepper and mushrooms. Continue to sauté until mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

3.       Reduce heat as low as possible (or remove from stove if using a gas range). In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with mustard, garlic powder, salt and black pepper using a whisk or handheld mixer. (Don't overdo it and make a meringue; simply incorporate flavors with eggs and lighten them up a bit.)

4.       Distribute bread evenly over sausage-mushroom mixture, if desired. Then pour egg white mixture evenly over top. Increase heat to medium-low or medium (return pan to heat, if removed). Sprinkle cheese over top. Once egg whites start to set and turn opaque, transfer pan to oven.

5.       Bake until cheese browns and bubbles, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a plate to slice and serve.

Posted by Diane Araga, on January 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM