I’m always on the lookout for easy and low-point meals that can be prepared quickly and enjoyed by everyone in the family whether they are on Weight Watchers or not. This is a recreation of a dish I had out at lunch which is simple, delicious, and surprisingly low in points. The crust is a thin whole wheat lavash flatbread that comes in at 1 point for half the bread. If you’re really hungry and have the points, the whole piece of flatbread (about 9″ x 12″) rounds up to three points. I usually split the pizza with my husband and pair it with a nice big salad.
- 1 piece whole wheat lavash (use your points plus calculator to find one that comes out to 1 point per serving)
- 2 tbsp pesto sauce – homemade or from the store
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 ounces chevre goat cheese
- 1 cup diced zucchini
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup basil, cut in thin strips (chiffonade)
Preheat a pizza stone or a baking sheet in the oven to 425 degrees. While that is preheating, grill the vegetables quickly in a skillet with one tsp of the olive oil. You want them browned, not burned, and crisp-tender. Make sure the pan is wicked hot before you put the veg in there. When the vegetables look nice and browned, put them aside until you’re ready to top the pizza.
Take the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil and brush both sides of the lavash lightly with the oil. You can also use olive oil spray but using real olive oil will help get in a healthy oil for the day. Spread the two tablespoons of pesto evenly across the bread and crumble the goat cheese on top. Distribute the vegetables and sprinkle the sliced basil across the pizza.
Transfer the pizza to the hot pizza stone and cook for about 8 – 10 minutes. This bread is so thin that it doesn’t take long at all so watch the pizza closely to prevent incineration. When the edges of the bread are browned take it out and let it cool before slicing.
Feel free to use whatever ingredients you fancy. Chopped sun-dried tomatoes, bits of chicken or ham, pepperonis, mushrooms, asparagus, any cheeses you want to try. Just keep the pointy ingredients under control.
The way this is written, the points break down like this for one serving (1/2 the pizza):
- 1 point – lavash
- 1 point – pesto
- 1 point – goat cheese
- 2 points – olive oil
- 0 points for onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and basil
= 5 total points plus
This pizza also meets several good health guidelines: 2 healthy oils (pesto sauce and olive oil), 1 dairy serving (goat cheese), 1.5 fruit/vegetable checks.
Lavash I used, found at Fresh and Easy:
You want the veg to be nice and browned, not burnt.
It’s done! Edges are browned, cheese is melty, basil is wilted:
It’s truly delicious not just for a points-friendly meal, but delicious, period. Enjoy!