Healthy Mexican Personal Pizza

Fusion food is HOT. From Korean tacos to Mexi-cue, the phrase “melting pot” has never been as fitting as it is now when it comes to describing the dishes available at restaurants across the country.

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In the medium-sized, suburban town that I grew up in, “fusion” was mainly limited to Taco Pizza at the most popular local pizza place, Happy Joe’s. Taco pies come topped with refried beans, ground beef, sausage, lettuce, tomatoes and nacho cheese tortilla chips. Sounds good, but a 9-inch personal pizza packs 1,272 calories and your whole day’s worth of sodium. Not so happy.

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With that in mind, I set out to renovate this recipe for dinner tonight for my first non-Italian take on Pizza Month. The ingredients might be a bit different from the pizza that inspired the meal, but my dish still has those tempting taco spices, some satisfying crunch and some queso-like sauce made with ooey-gooey cheese.

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All for 1/6 the calories and 1/3 the sodium of the original!

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Healthy Mexican Pizza

Serves 1

  • 1 wedge Light Creamy Swiss Laughing Cow cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 large tortilla (I used Tumaro’s NY Style)
  • 1/4 cup cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup canned beans, rinsed (white kidney or black beans would both work well)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cheese and 1 tablespoon salsa in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir to create pizza “sauce” and spread on top of tortilla.
  2. Fill another microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup water and butternut squash. Microwave for 1 minute, then use a strainer to remove water from squash.
  3. Place prepared tortilla in the oven and warm for 5 minutes to begin melting cheese.
  4. Heat a small saute pan to medium and add squash, beans, bell pepper, red onion and spices. Stir and cook this mixture for 5 minutes while tortilla cooks.
  5. Remove tortilla from oven, top with the vegetable and bean mix and return to oven to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Top with additional salsa, slice and serve.

Nutrition information: 221 calories, 4 g fat, 16 g fiber, 13 g protein, 960 mg sodium, 80% vitamin A

What is your all-time favorite fusion food?

My family and I visited Orange in Chicago for brunch a few years ago and they served “Frushi” (fruit sushi). Considering I’m not a fan of seafood, it was the best sushi I’d ever eaten!

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