Stay Healthy Caramelized Onion Bella Pizza
By Darla Leal
I LOVE onions and I also enjoy a fabulous pizza. This combination is the BOMB and the time it takes to caramelize the onions is worth the taste experience. The antioxidant benefit that boosts immunity is also a definite plus and motivator to put this fabulous dish together.
It is simple and simply DELISH!
6 Large Onions - Caramelized
Small Sliced Portabella Mushrooms (I buy pre-sliced)
Minced Garlic (jarred)
100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust (I buy an Organic Pre-cooked Natural Wheat Variety, thin crust)
Reduced Fat Italian Cheese Blend (I buy a 2 cup pre-shredded bag)
Step 1: Caramelize the Onions
Heat 3 tablespoons EV Olive Oil in a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onions with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 15 minutes more. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Remove from heat and cool to warm, about 10 minutes. You can also do this ahead of time and keep stored in your refrigerator for a ready to make pizza.
Step 2: Layer the Crust
I buy a 100% whole wheat organic variety to save time…feel free to make your own wheat crust. Drizzle the crust with EV olive oil and rub the oil to cover the entire crust. Place one heaping tablespoon on minced garlic on the crust and spread to cover (feel free to use as much as you want…sometimes I use 2 Tbsp). Place caramelized onions on the crust to thoroughly cover…I like a thick layer of onions. Slice the portabella mushrooms thin and layer over pizza. Sprinkle the pizza with reduced fat Italian cheese blend to your preference of coverage.
Step 3: Cooking the Pizza
Bake in pre-heated 400 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. If using a pre-made crust, place directly on oven rack for a crispier pizza. Remove from oven, slice and enjoy!
Original recipe created by Darla Leal, Stay Healthy Fitness, 2018
Health Benefits of Onions:
Onions are not only strong and sweet, but they are also full of power packed antioxidant benefits worth the sometimes lingering “onion breath” that comes with consuming this fabulous food. Studies have shown that, like garlic, onions reduce overall cholesterol by decreasing blood lipid levels, prevent clot formation, and lower blood pressure. Also revealed is the significant effect in lowering blood sugar levels. Did you know that onions have also been used to treat asthma? Due to their ability to inhibit bronchial muscle spasm, onions have been shown to help relax the bronchial muscle in asthma patients. Onions are also linked to cancer prevention by reducing DNA damage in cells caused by free radicals. Another great benefit to eating onions as part of our daily nutritional intake is they have a potent antibacterial activity within our bodies that destroy many disease-causing pathogens including E. coli and salmonella. My onion of choice is a Sweet Vidalia or Walla Walla…YUM! Enjoy the many benefits of the onion in your daily nutrient intake and boost that body.
Q: WHY ARE CARBS BAD WHEN YOU WANT TO DO WEIGHT TRAINING? I'VE JUST STARTED WEIGHT TRAINING AND HEAR ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND I DONT KNOW WHERE TO START!! CAN U PLEASE HELP ME?
A: Welcome! This will be such a great support place for you to get motivated and learn from me and your peers who also share meals, workouts, and questions such as yours. Carbs or what I like to refer to as fiber are GOOD and a necessary part of our daily nutritional intake. The difference is eating healthy fiber: whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds. Stay away from white processed "non-food" is what I call that. Try to eat fresh, healthy food items that you prepare and not items coming out of a package with an ingredient label from Mars. I hope this is helpful to you and take a peek at what others are sharing that they typically eat on a daily basis for meals.