Cooking to the sound of music

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Dr. Richard Collins, the Cooking Cardiologist and Conductor David Dworkin cook up a 2 minute pizza to the William Tell Overture, and he tells us about his Heart Health Symphony.

It's cooking to the sound of music.

Two Minute Pizza

Richard Collins, MD

The Cooking Cardiologist©

South Denver Cardiology Associates

1000 SouthPark Drive

Littleton, CO 80120

303-744-1065

Believe it or not, it can be made in two minutes! This is an inside/outside pizza. The cheese is inside the pizza, tucked into the pita bread. It is vegetarian, but has a great sausage taste using the Boca sausage patties. I prefer the black bean hamburger patties found in the frozen section. Be sure to thaw them out before making the pizzas. Use various pizza toppings from lower fat meats such chicken or bison, meat substitutes or just vegetables such as zucchini slices, broccoli, browned onions, fresh arugula or spinach. If using vegetables such as broccoli, I would recommend par boiling them for 1-2 minutes before using on the pizza.

Ingredients:

Whole grain pita bread, partially sliced into 2 halves (but not cutting       through the bottom layer).

1/3 cup reduced fat or fat free mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated.

1/3 cup pizza sauce of preference, reduced sodium.

Toppings: Optional meatless sausage, vegetables, spicy black bean burger (crumbled), or soy crumbles.

Garnish with fresh herbs: Basil, cilantro, or Italian parsley.

A sprinkle of parmesan cheese for topping the pizza.

Directions:

Open pita and fill lightly with grated mozzarella cheese.  Spread pizza sauce on top of pita and top with desired toppings.  Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Garnish with fresh herbs and extra dash of cheese.

Nutritional Information:  The following analysis is for the entire recipe using a 6” whole wheat pita, part skim mozzarella and Boca Sausage.  Total calories 450, fat 12 gm; saturated fat 3.6 gm, cholesterol 16 mg, carbohydrate 56 gm, fiber 5 gm, protein 25 gm.

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