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Recipe Reduction Rehab: Upside Down Pizza

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I love watching a show called "Recipe Rehab." I love all of the new recipes I see there. I do have one problem with the show. When I take a family favorite and make it healthier, I want it to be as close to the original as possible, not change it into a completely different dish. Today's recipe I will be making healthier is UpsideDown Pizza. Now, the recipe I found, first was a healthier version than the original posted here, but I have since found a way to make it even healthier, still. So, here we go…

I am using SparkPeople's recipe calculator to get an accurate calorie and fat count. The original recipe, is LOADED with fat, calories, and grease (https://recipes.sparkpeople.c
om/recipe-detail.asp?recip
e=3067321) and includes ground beef, pepperoni, and lots of cheese, with refrigerated crescent rolls. So how does this add up?
Nutrition Facts:

Calories631.5
Total Fat43.0 g
Saturated Fat17.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat11.0 g
Cholesterol110.1 mg
Sodium1,288.6 mg
Potassium552.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate29.5 g
Dietary Fiber2.8 g
Sugars6.7 g
Protein29.9 g
To rehab this recipe, I used lean ground beef, reduced the amount of pepperoni to about 18 slices. That came out to about 3 slices per serving, and the pepperoni I used was 10 calories per pepperoni. I reduced the amount of mozzarella to 4 oz. (one cup of grated), and I didn't use crescent rolls. The topping recipe is: 1 cup flour, 1 cup skim milk, 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp olive oil. Pour the topping on top before baking.

This comes out to be:

Calories388.6
Total Fat17.7 g
Saturated Fat6.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat2.1 g
Cholesterol62.5 mg
Sodium685.2 mg
Potassium90.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate24.8 g
Dietary Fiber1.6 g
Sugars4.1 g
Protein31.4 g


That is cutting calories by 242.9 calories, fats by 25.9 g., Sat. Fat was cut by 11.7 g., cholesterol by 47.6, and because I am a stroke patient, the sodium is so important. Sodium was cut from 1288.6 to 685.2. That is a reduction of almost 47%!! The important thing is, this healthier version is my family’s favorite meal. I have made the more fattening one and the comments were negative. They complained about the grease, even though I had drained and rinsed, the bake in the oven pulled out more fat. They didn’t like the crust of crescents (which also adds grease) like the one I made. It was too thick for them. The more pepperoni used, the more grease is added. I actually got sick from one serving of the higher fat version, from the amount of grease.

My family actually likes a thinner crust, so if you also like a thinner crust, just cut the topping recipe in half. That changes the nutrition to:

Calories317.1
Total Fat15.2 g
Saturated Fat6.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat1.2 g
Cholesterol62.0 mg
Sodium676.4 mg
Potassium47.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate15.8 g
Dietary Fiber1.3 g
Sugars3.1 g
Protein28.2 g

This is a picture of tonight's Upside down pizza. I often use what I have on hand and change to fit my time schedule. I happened to have a flat crust made with honey that I had found at Dollar Tree. I cut the edges to fit the disposable pan I had. It was a time saver, and actually cut even more calories. A salad on the side is a healthy, filling addition to this meal.

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