Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas (Vegan)
YIELD: Makes 6 small pizzas


For Easy Basil Pesto: (makes 1 cup)

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For Caprese Pizzas:

6 whole wheat sandwich thins or pita breads
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved*
Daiya mozzarella cheese or vegan cheese of your choice
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces


For Easy Basil Pesto:

Pulse basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pesto to a bowl or jar. Use as desired.

For Caprese Pizzas:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place 6 sandwich thins or pita breads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Spread each with a small spoonful of basil pesto. Top equally with tomatoes and mozzarella. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle pizzas with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Serve warm.

caprese pizza

gone vegan.  purchased pizza dough makes this a fast meal with less than 10 minutes of prep.

yields 8 slices/servings

16 oz purchased pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella cheese (or 2% mozzarella - same Weight Watchers point value)

2 tomatoes, sliced ¼" thick

salt & pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ cup fresh loosely packed basil, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Let dough sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Roll out dough until it is almost the size of a standard cookie sheet.  Brush the olive oil on top of the dough being sure to thoroughly coat the ends (this will allow for a flavorful, golden brown crust).  Sprinkle the dough with the cheese and place the sliced tomatoes on top.  Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper and the oregano.  

Bake until the crust has risen and browned nicely (+/- 15 minutes depending on the oven).  Sprinkle the fresh basil on the finished pizza.

Weight Watchers: 5ppv/slice