UN-Guilty Pleasure: Mini Portobello Pizzas

For so many people, pizza is a major weakness.  It’s so easy to throw away all the healthy progress we make the whole week with one quick call to Papa John’s on a Friday night.  A great way to get your pizza fix without completely derailing your diet is to make your own.  My husband and I do this often, especially on those nights when I just don’t feel like cooking anything too complicated.

When I first got married and was aspiring to become a domestic goddess, I tried to make a gluten-free pizza, and it was a complete disaster.   I used almond flour and made the mistake of doubling the amount specified in the recipe.  The pizza came out tasting like a giant pancake with spaghetti sauce on top!  After that I went back to good old-fashioned wheat crusts from Trader Joe’s.

But last night I took another stab at a gluten-free pizza recipe, this time using a portobello mushroom for the crust.  I’m always looking for light and EASY dishes I can whip up for supper and for parties, and these mini pizzas came out beautifully!  I’m definitely going to add them into my regular dinner rotation.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Personal Pizzas):

  • 8 small portobello mushrooms, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large package mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage, browned
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

The great thing about this recipe is you can play with the toppings and use different ingredients every time you make it.  The options for veggies, meats, herbs and spices are endless!  (Skip the meat, and these pizzas makes a great vegetarian dinner option.)

Preparation Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  While the oven is warming, brown your ground turkey meat.
  • Lay out the mushrooms on a cookie sheet, drizzle olive oil evenly over them and place in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.

High in fiber, portobello mushrooms pack some serious nutritional punch. They’re an excellent source of selenium (an important antioxidant), B vitamins, and potassium.

  • Remove the mushrooms and add pizza toppings to your liking.  I added a couple of tablespoons of sauce first, then the ground turkey, 1 basil leaf and a nice coating of cheese.

If you want to make your pizzas a little lighter, sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella.

  • Bake the pizzas for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden.

Portobellos provide impressive cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits!

  • Remove from oven, serve and enjoy! (You’ll probably want to eat them with a fork and knife!)

These would also make a great appetizer for an Italian-themed dinner party.

I hope you give this lean and nutritious recipe a try!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and 4th of July!

4 Comments

Filed under Gluten-Free, Recipes

4 responses to “UN-Guilty Pleasure: Mini Portobello Pizzas

  1. lauren

    Can’t wait to try it. Looks great.

  2. Pingback: UN-Guilty Pleasure: Mini Portobello Pizzas | The Nutritionista | ClubEvoo

  3. I will definitely be trying this! Thank you Joanna for you wonderful tips! Jay and I are learning so much and getting so many great ideas and solutions!

  4. Rosie

    Yummy! These look great, and very creative!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s