Happy National Pizza Day!

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Pizza with vegetables and toppings Happy National Pizza Day! If there has ever been a food worthy of national celebration, pizza is it. With a little creativity and out-of-the-pizza-box thinking, this delicious crowd-pleaser can easily fit into any balanced meal. To do so, consider pizza not as a final product, but as a method. Layer different crust, sauce and topping elements to make new and exciting combinations that taste like a little slice of heaven.

Choose your crust, sauce and topping/s to mix and match your pizza:

Crust

  • Whole wheat pitas
  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Whole wheat bagels
  • Whole wheat pancakes
  • Whole wheat waffles
  • Portobello mushroom caps
  • Bell pepper halves
  • Sliced eggplant rounds
  • Biscuit dough

Sauce

  • Refried beans
  • Greek yogurt
  • Pesto
  • Nut butter
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Ricotta
  • Salsa
  • Pumpkin puree

Toppings

  • Cheese: cheddar, goat, etc.
  • Fruit: pomegranate arils, strawberry, mango
  • Vegetables: zucchini
  • Leafy greens: spinach, arugula, lettuce
  • Granola
  • Canned tuna
  • Caramelized onions
  • Jelly
  • Grilled chicken

Contributed by: Stefanie Weiner, RD, LDN