Give Yourself a Break

Jul 02, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

I don’t know about you, but I can use some help from the grocery store for a quick meal now and then, and why not? What’s being offered up on the grocery isles these days is an improvement when it comes to nutrition.

I realize my opinion is counter to what we hear in the news, but if you read nutrition labels and don’t just pick up anything on the shelves, it’s not impossible to find something healthy for a quick dinner.

More often than not, I can find a meal that meets my standards – low in processed ingredients, sodium, sugars and fat. I take what I find in the store and add any fresh ingredients I have on hand.

This Mediterranean Pizza is a perfect example of browsing the grocery aisles and coming up with something useful for dinner.

A whole-wheat pizza crust is topped with fresh ingredients from the refrigerator – mushrooms, a jar of fire-roasted bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese.

See? It is possible to make a healthy and nutritious meal with a little help from the store.

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), has information helpful when learning how to read nutrition labels. You can find it at How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label.

Mediterranean Pizza

1 large Whole Wheat Boboli Pizza Thin Crust, or pre-baked pizza crust
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup fire roasted red and yellow peppers, thinly sliced
2 cups spinach, rough chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
¼ cup Spanish olives, chopped
4 tablespoons basil, very thinly sliced
¾ cup low fat feta, crumbled

Servings: Makes 4 main dish servings.


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and spray it with cooking spray.

3. Sauté mushrooms for 5 minutes until tender.

4. Spread olive oil over pizza crust and top with garlic.

5. Layer the pizza crust with peppers, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, Spanish olives, basil and feta cheese.

6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the pizza is heated through. Feta cheese doesn’t melt; so don’t continue to bake the pizza waiting for it to melt.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition. It contains iron for energy, vitamins C and A, folic acid and B6 to help your heart.

Spinach has 13 different flavonoid compounds that function as antioxidants and as anti-cancer agents.

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins C, A and K, not to mention its antioxidant and cancer preventing benefits of Lycopene.

Tomatoes support colon and prostate health, and are a good source of potassium, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate to support a healthy heart.

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178, Total Fat: 12.60g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 348mg, Total Carbs: 8.77g, Dietary Fiber: 1.79g, Sugars: 2.29g, Protein: 7.56g, Weight Watchers Points 4

Nutrition details obtained from,,, and

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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