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English Muffin Pizzas

I know I said I was going to use Weight Watcher’s Core Plan, but since I was out of town last week, my old friend who works there suggested switching to Flex. It gave me a lesson in portion sizes, which I thought I already understood but clearly I needed a refresher. The Flex Plan feels much freer, despite the counting, so I’m going to stick with it.

In case anyone is interested, here’s what I did last night for supper.

English Muffin Pizzas

2 Thomas’ English Muffins 100 Calorie (2 points, which is to say 1 point each)
1/2 onion (0 points), cut in half-moon slivers
2 tsp. olive oil (2 points, healthy oils)
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (1 point)
basil, oregano, garlic powder(o points)
1/2 cup Kraft Fat Free Mozzarella (2 points)
1 Tbsp. Kraft Parmesan Cheese (1 point)

Sauté the onion in the 2 tsps. olive oil and as the onion wilts, add seasonings, then canned crushed tomatoes.

You might want to lightly toast the English Muffins before assembling the pizzas.

Divide the tomato and onions on the four English Muffin halves and top with the Mozzarella Cheese. Broil in the oven on the second shelf from the top until cheese is melted.

If desired, add Parmesan Cheese. I wish I had been using really good Parmesan or Romano rather than canned stuff, although these were delicious.

This was an 8 point dinner, and I planned for it carefully. It was VERY filling, no chance of going to bed feeling hungry or deprived. My family looked longingly at my plate, as did Molly, but they know better than to ask for a bite! I would have been happy with one, I think, had there been a big salad on the side. Another option to bring down the points would be using PAM instead of oil, but I needed my two teaspoons. (And since I was cooking a small amount of food in a big pan with a relatively small amount of oil, I used a little PAM on the pan to avoid burning.) I used really good, organic canned tomatoes, but certainly you could do this with prepared tomato sauce as well, just check the points. The onions gave the whole thing a little extra heft and were yummy.

As I said last night, the great revelation was the Fat Free Mozzarella, which tasted delicious, much better than other Fat Free, or even Low Fat, cheeses I have tried thus far.

I’m trying as many ideas as possible while I’m on vacation, knowing I’ll have to do quicker prep on work days and figuring out what groceries we need on hand to make it possible.

So far, so good.

14 thoughts on “English Muffin Pizzas”

  1. I can’t do Core. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.
    I’m Flexing right now, too. I’m going to have to find those english muffins, asap. Thanks for the tip.

  2. These really sound good – I was going to try core, but I am so comfortable using flex, that I chickened out.
    I think these would be good with feta cheese (fat free) and artichokes too 🙂
    Maybe we should have English Muffin Pizza night 🙂

  3. Ooh, Cathy, that does sound good!
    To clarify, because Mindy asked this question, for 8 points you can have 2 WHOLE English muffins. Pretty sweet. That’s the beauty of a 100 calorie English muffin with 5 grams of dietary fiber and only 1 gram of fat.

  4. I had this for dinner, except for the fat free cheese part. Thank you. There’s a secret society weight loss blog I participate in which has been very inspiring for me. I can’t remember who to ask for an invite, but I’m sure Cathy knows. If you are interested.

  5. I found the muffins! I found the muffins!
    However, we are making big pizzas tonight as inspired by Songbird – will blog about it later after we EAT IT!

  6. I think that points are easier than core, too, although I am officially a weight watchers drop out. I still count points, becomes a habit! My partner, however, is a life-time member, and in the best shape of her life at 50, all due to WW. Another person I know is reached goal, and now is becoming a leader.
    I am going to stop at the store on the way home and pick up the muffins for the pizza. I also agree that the ff mozarella is very yummy, but the other ff cheese tastes…well, funky.
    That being said, my favorite breakfast is 2 slices toasted WW rye bread (1 point), with ff sliced cheese (1 pt), 1 point of Go LEAN veggie sausage (1/7 of the roll makes a good size patty) and 1 point of eggbeaters (1/2 cup, microwaved to fluffy) I assemble while hot, wrap it up in a piece of foil so cheese gets melty, and add some Texas Pete for a little spice. It’s a four point breakfast that takes you right through to lunch at 1;30 or even 2:00. All the protein is filling. The bread is hearty, too, for diet bread. You can also get the diet rye bread in a Stop and Shop brand, but don’t know if they have that where you live.

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