One thing I love best about Weight Watchers is the flexibility: I don't have to give any of my favorite foods up, I just have to figure out a way to make them fit into my daily and weekly points plan. Every once in awhile I will go for the real deal, like that one time I pretty much hoarded all of my points for popcorn at the film festival. Those plans always sound good in theory, but never in practice. Especially now that I know the Quaker Oats cheddar cheese popped rice snacks taste strikingly similar to buttered popcorn.
Another time I, well, starved myself for a piece of pizza. Again, sounded good at the time but in the end, eh, not really worth it. So now, when I get that pizza craving I try and get creative. Like with the English Muffin pizzas my mom used to make. A few weeks ago, though, I decided to try something different and came up with my own pizza hot pocket!
What you'll need: Pita Pocket, Tomato/Spaghetti Sauce, and whatever fixins you want. The "toppings" for your pizza pocket are the fun part because it's completely up to you! Maybe you like shrooms and olives on your pizza or wanna throw some pepperoni slices on there. Sky's the limit.
I went with Prego's Fresh Mushroom sauce, the Italian Herb pocket thins pita, and for toppings mini sweet peppers (like baby bell peppers) and one light string cheese stick.
Open the pocket and put some sauce on one side of the pita pocket. I used 2 T. but use as much or as little as you want. Next comes your toppings. As you can see, I really do treat this like a real pizza: sauce, cheese, then my chopped up bell peppers in that order.
Once you have all of your fillers in there, put the pocket your machine of choice. I used my good ol' George Foreman, but a panini press or even a waffle iron would probably work. If nothing else, just treat it like a grilled cheese sandwich and use a skillet, flipping it when the one side is done.
This particular pizza pocket was just under 200 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus. Obviously your own creation may change depending on what toppings you use and how much sauce or cheese, etc. Either way, it's most likely going to come in way under a regular ol' slice of pizza, but you'll still get that warm sauce, melted cheese, and favorite toppings. Plus you get total control over how much of everything you want AND you know exactly what's going into it.
What I love best about this is all of the variations available. If you're feeding family or friends, each pizza pocket can be up to the individual so everyone gets exactly what they like (instead of trying to decide one type of pizza that will satisfy everyone). It would even be a fun spin on a Taco Bar if you set out all of the options in little bowls and each person gets to make their own!
What are some of your ways of adapting a favorite food into something a little more waist line friendly?
Love from the ashes,