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Healthy Pita Pizza Pockets
Pizza is a necessity in the life of a poor college student. There’s a reason you can find a pizza delivery service within a five mile radius of any college campus. It isn’t rocket science. Pizza is cheap, filling, and you don’t have to actually make anything except a drink to have with it. But we need to remember, when you break it down, what pizza really is. Pizza is just dough with sauce and cheese on it. Not exactly the epitome of good health. Also, pizza can get really tiresome when that’s all you eat and all of that accumulated doughey goodness can pack on the pounds. You also need to remember that over time, that “cheap” pizza will rack up a big bill in spent money. The best thing you can do for yourself is throw those pizza ads out and start anew. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine. I believe in you!
Now that we’ve disposed of the temptress that is a pizza chain advertisement, we can begin. Go to the store at the beginning of every month and buy groceries for the month. Your parents will understand when you explain you need to buy food to save their money. They may even reward you for being so thrifty. When you go to the store, try and stay in the healthy food spectrum: lots of veggies, fruits, and whole grains. But look, I understand that the craving for pizza is gonna come up. It is delicious after all. But you don’t have to have the typical large extra cheese with pepperoni to indulge your craving.
I’ve been researching different ways to make pizza and I’ve found there are literally hundreds of alternative ways to have a healthy pizza. One in particular really interested me. A pita pizza with just veggies, fresh cheese, and marinara sauce. Pita? You mean that thing that I get at Al’s at 3 am when I’m hungry? Sort of. Pita bread is a Mediterranean bread packed with different grains and nutrients. I usually get whole grain pita pockets when I go to the store because I don’t trust the overly processed wench that is white bread. Pita bread is loaded with nutrients and is delicious to boot. Now, I altered the recipe I found because I think it’ll be tastier and less messy this way.
Pita Pizza Pockets
What You’ll Need
Two pita pockets (whole grain! don’t give in to the wench of white bread!)
A jar of your favorite marinara
Fresh mozzarella slices
An assortment of your favorite veggies (I used mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini and carrots)
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Take your pizza pockets and place them on a baking sheet and bake for five minutes. While the pita pockets are baking, take a skillet and drizzle with olive oil. Saute your veggies until their still a little crisp but tender enough to break slightly under a spoon. Take your favorite pizza sauce and spoon into your pita pocket. Add the veggies and stuff the cheese inside as well. Bake for ten minutes. It may not look like your conventional pizza pie, but this pocket truly does satisfy you with flavor and is super filling. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s cheap?