Broccoli Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese

*Broccoli_Pesto_PizzaThe possibilities are endless when it comes to pizza. Almost everyone can appreciate a slice of pepperoni and cheese, or maybe adding sausage is more your style. While the list of flavors and cooking methods vary, we don’t always associate pizza with healthy eating. But choosing the right ingredients can change all that, especially when you skip the grease and add vegetables like broccoli instead.

Broccoli, which is a member of the cabbage family, is full of nutrients. It’s a good source of vitamins A, C and E, fiber, potassium, calcium and protein. But did you know broccoli is also good for your eyes? This little green vegetable contains two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants reduce your risks for chronic eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. They also help the cells in your eyes to remain healthy.

With all those health benefits in mind, why wouldn’t you put broccoli on your pizza? Instead of using it as a topping, try it as a main ingredient for your sauce. Simply ground the broccoli in a food processor with Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil and you have a delicious pesto to spread over a whole wheat pizza crust. Of course, no pizza is complete without tomatoes and cheese– and this recipe has plenty. The possibilities may be endless when it comes to pizza, but they can be healthy too.

Broccoli Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. cooked, chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 whole wheat pizza crust
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large tomato

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli, Parmesan cheese, basil and salt in a food processor. Add olive oil and stir until it has the consistency of pesto.
  3. Spread sauce over pizza crust, followed by sliced tomato. Add goat cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.