Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012: Semi-Homemade Meatloaf Pizza Recipe

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It’ difficult to make a whole meatloaf for two people and not have tons of leftovers. That doesn’t stop me from making it when I’m craving this comfort food, however. What it does mean is that I have to be creative about using up those leftovers. While I love meatloaf sandwiches slathered with mayo, those aren’t too diet friendly. This recipe is surprisingly not high in calories, if you can limit yourself to one sixth of the total recipe.

Semi-Homemade Meatloaf Pizza

1 canister refrigerated Pillsbury French bread
1 cup canned tomato pasta sauce (I used Bertolli’s healthy variety)
1 t. dehydrated garlic
6 white mushrooms, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
4 thin slices leftover healthy meatloaf
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll the French bread dough and pat it into place on the cooking sheet. Spray surface with nonstick cooking spray. Place bread in preheated oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven.

While bread is cooking, place pasta sauce in a saucepan and add garlic. Heat over low and cook until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Spray a small skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat to medium. Add mushrooms and peppers, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until veggies start to soften.

Spread pasta sauce on bread dough. Top with veggies, crumbled meatloaf and cheese. Return to oven and cook an additional 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges of crust are browned.

Serves 6 with approximately 325 calories per serving.

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