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May 25

Mini Pizzas with Xed Pizza Sauce


I was super excited the other day when I found turkey pepperoni at the store. As you can imagine, visions of pizza creations went dancing through my head! Here’s the first one. =)

Ingredients for Xed Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

Chop tomato into small pieces, put in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 1 minute on High. Transfer tomatoes into blender, add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth. Transfer back to bowl, and microwave for 1 additional minute on High.

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

Full Xed Pizza Sauce recipe is 1 vegi serving.


Ingredients for Mini Pizzas:

  • Full recipe pizza sauce, above (approx 1/3 cup)
  • 1 oz. turkey pepperoni (shy – to account for the egg white, approx 12 slices)
  • 2 whole wheat English muffins
  • 3 oz. low-fat Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg white

Turn oven broiler to High. Grate Mozzarella, and combine in a bowl with one egg white. (Usually low-fat cheese has trouble melting, so this technique helps the cheese melt while adding a bit of protein.) Separate English muffins, place the 4 halves on a baking pan. Layer pizza sauce, cheese mixture, and pepperoni slices. Broil on High for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to brown.

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

Full recipe (four Mini Pizzas, including the full Xed Pizza Sauce Recipe) is 1 vegi serving, 1 carb serving, 2 dairy servings, 1 protein serving.

P.S. If you want to add 1/2 fat serving, top pizzas with 2 oz. black olives. Or add 1/2 cup cooked mushrooms for 1/2 additional vegi serving!

P.P.S. I have since tried making the Xed Pizza Sauce with a smaller and less juicy tomato, and it didn’t turn out quite as well – I ended up adding chicken broth and white cooking wine to give it enough liquid to blend well. I’d recommend choosing a somewhat larger, juicier Roma tomato for this, or adding liquids as necessary!

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10 comments

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  1. Christy

    I love that the whole family loves this recipe, even the picky kiddos!

  2. BLawson

    That pizza sauce is brilliant. Easy to make and delicous!

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks, BLawson! Don’t you love how it’s essentially just a tomato? lol. I’m sure that you could probably use canned tomato sauce, but I really like how with this one, you know exactly what you’re getting!

  3. Amy

    That pizza sauce is brilliant. Easy to make and delicous!

  4. Kurt

    Hey CJ, quick question on this one. I made it according to the directions, but the sauce came out of the blender super thin, basically soup-like. Do you have a trick to keep the sauce a little thicker? I ended up adding store bought tomato sauce to get a thicker consistency the first time I tried.

    Thanks, and keep the recipes coming! It’s funny, this is now the only place I look when I’m deciding what to make for dinner. The rosemary potatoes and kielbasa were great yesterday btw, and tonite I’m making the pest again! I’ve been telling everyone about this site, and that I would enjoy the food off of it even if I wasn’t doing p90x!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Kurt!
      That is a good question about the sauce. Mine also came out fairly thin the first time I made it – it wasn’t as thick as a typical pizza sauce. The second time, it was way thick, to the point where the tomato had trouble blending and I had to add liquid! I think it may just depend on how juicy the particular tomato you choose is. If you are looking for a way to thicken it, you could add a little tomato paste until it is the consistency you like. (Of course, I guess doing that kind of defeats the purpose, because then you might as well just use canned tomato sauce and be done with it! lol)

      I know that adding a little flour or cornstarch to sauces that you are cooking on the stove can thicken them up, but I’m not sure how to do that with the microwave. I’ll see if I can do a little experimenting sometime soon and find a way to make it work. Thanks for the great question.

      Oh, and that is so awesome that you like the recipes so much! I am so glad that it is a resource for you. The funny thing is that a lot of times now I have to look back at the site to remember how I made things! lol.
      - CJ =)

  5. Kay

    I agree with everyone. These are delicious and that easy-to-make sauce was pure genius! Thanks again!

  6. mindy

    Hey!!

    Is this good for a snack? if so how many, just one?

    Thanks

  7. Leigh

    Hey, CJ!

    I made these little guys the other day for lunch and they were awesome! Definitely a nice little treat to have pizza on a P90X plan! :) Only thing was… my english muffins were a bit soggy! I may have used too much sauce or my english muffins were just too moist. I’ll have to play around with it next time. Regardless, they were AMAZING!

    Thanks again for posting these delicious and HEALTHY recipes!! :)

    Leigh

    P.S. I never knew turkey pepperoni existed and OH MY have I been missing out!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Leigh!
      You’re right, sometimes this kind of thing can come out soggy. I’d recommend broiling and/or toasting the English muffins slightly before layering the sauce on. When the surface starts out a bit crispier, it’s less likely to turn out soggy. Thanks for your feedback!!
      - CJ =)

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