Shamrock Pizza: Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day!
(Shamrock Pizza Recipe found on Skinny Mom)
We’ve had a short break from those winter “eating” holidays but with springtime comes the return of those food-centric celebrations starting with St. Patrick’s Day. It can be hard to resist the temptation to splurge a bit—we get caught up in the festivities and the rest is history, but it doesn’t have to be!
I love adding some color and fun to my food, and what better way to feel the luck of the Irish, than with a healthy twist on this family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day pizza? (I’m in love with the shamrock shaped spinach toppings!)
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Shamrock Pizza Recipe
Total time: 35-40 minutes | Serves: 8 |Preheat Oven: 375 degrees
- White Garlic Pizza Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 cup reduced-fat 1% milk
- ½ cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan Reggiano cheese, freshly shredded
- handful fresh spinach leaves
- 1 whole wheat pizza crust (I like Boboli® brand)
The Sauce: In a medium sauce pan, heat extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for about 30 seconds, then add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not let the flour mixture brown or color. Add milk into flour mixture a little at a time, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened into a creamy sauce.
The Pizza: Pour ⅓ cup of sauce or as much as you desire onto pizza crust. Top pizza with reduced fat mozzarella cheese and Parmesan Reggiano cheese. Next, take a few pieces (6-10 leaves) of spinach and cut (using scissors) each piece into the shape of a shamrock. Or form a shamrock out of 3 spinach leaves. Top pizza with cut spinach leaves. Bake pizza according to crust package directions or for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted.
Finally, cut pizza into slices and serve immediately!
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Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!