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If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of pizza. For some reason it just seems so special and indulgent to me, perhaps because it has gotten such a bad rap as a junk food. Well, the good news is that there IS a place for pizza in your P90x nutrition plan, even if you’re in Phase 1. And even more so if you can replace the one iffy part of it – the carb base. We Xers are always looking for good food carriers that don’t involve the carbs! I’ve experimented once before with Portabella mushrooms as a base for yummy protein servings, and it came out fairly well. Since then I’ve always thought that I should try the same thing out with pizza toppings. Well, here we are a year later, and I finally did it. The one hitch was that I couldn’t find full-sized mushroom caps at my store that day. Weird! So I picked out the little guys, and they ended up being cute and filling. They also scream appetizer, so consider these if you’re ever looking for a tasty P90x friendly appetizer for a party. =)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean mushrooms and scoop out the insides and stem with a spoon. Place on baking pan and bake for 7 minutes. While mushrooms are baking, 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.) Remove mushrooms from oven, and turn the broiler to High. On the mushrooms layer pizza sauce, cheese mixture, olives, and pepperoni slices. Return pan to oven and broil on High for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to brown.
P90x Nutrition Plan Servings:
6 mushrooms provide 1 1/2 vegi servings, 1/2 protein serving, 1/2 fat serving, 2 dairy servings.
P.S. When cleaning your mushroom, don’t rinse them under water like I did – mushrooms are very absorbent, and I found that mine came out a bit watery. I’ve since learned that you should just brush the dirt off of them with a cloth or paper towel.
P.P.S. Are you noticing that this recipe is decidedly un-vegan?? Yeah… =/ Well, the other day my hubby and I had a serious talk, and he asked me VERY NICELY not to go hardcore vegan for his P90x meals. Veganism is a huge transition for us, him even more than me, and pairing that with the exercise was really taking toll on his motivation. Plus, I’m pregnant again, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to handle that with the veganism. (I know that you can have a very healthy vegan pregnancy, don’t get me wrong. But the learning curve is pretty intimidating here, and I just don’t know if I have the bandwidth to do it right. I don’t want my baby to suffer or not get the right nutrients from my busyness…) So the end result is that I’m intending to become more serious about veganism after I give birth this summer. Sorry to disappoint!
For the Pinterest People:
P.P.P.S. Hi Pinterest folks! I’m feeling very flattered that everyone likes this recipe idea so much. Thanks for sharing! If you like this, you might like several of my other recipes:
- If you like these because they are cute, bite-sized, and healthy, try my Chocolate-Filled Strawberries.
- If you like these because they are low-carb, healthy, and flavorful, try my Turkey Bacon Wrapped Chicken Shishkabobs.
- If you like these because they are a healthy twist on a comfort food, try my Healthy Mac and Cheese, or my Twice “Baked” Potatoes.
- If you like these because you love mushrooms or are jonesing for pizza, try my Portabella Pesto Mini Pizzas or my Mini Pizza with Homemade Pizza Sauce.
- If you like these because they are portable, try my Muffin Cup Frittatas.
- If you like them because they are a good idea with a pretty picture, try my Cucumber and Citrus Infused Water or my Tomato, Basil, and Mozzerella Sandwich, or my Black Bean Burgers.
Thanks again, and happy pinning!!
- CJ =)