Summer Herbed Muffin Pizza Lunch
These days Weight Watchers, easy and delicious are in the top 5 of my usual search words when it comes to new food ideas. This recipe is easily all three of those with the addition of yummy, low points, and satisfying. Coming straight from a wonderful mom memory I recreated hers with a little embellishment from yours truly; Mom would have loved it! Mom’s version goes way back to when she first started weight watchers…like 40ish years ago. I remember she would always come home from the meetings with new recipes and sometimes cookbooks. As a matter of fact, I still have some of those old WW cookbooks and the recipes are still so relevant today!
It was always such a treat when my mom would make her WW pizza especially back in the “old days” pizza was so off plan, shame to the members who had a slice of Ken’s Pizza! As I recall it was usually on a Saturday, pizza day, when we would all converge in the kitchen waiting for the cheese to broil until it was just right. How come you’re mom can make something so simple and you remember it as being the best ever…till this day!
Mom’s Weight Watcher Version called for a slice of whole wheat diet bread (the real whole wheat) toasted slightly then a smear of tomato paste with sprinkled oregano; topped of with a slice of cheddar cheese. Put under the broiler for about 5 minutes until it was crispy on the edges, bubbly on top and ooey gooey in the middle. We would cut it down the middle and all the cheese would string out! Yay for being a kid!
My version is a little difference but not much. The ingredients have been updated but the taste is basically the same. Of course you can switch out some of the ingredients to make it maybe 1 less point…like reduced calorie bread and reduced fat cheese. I’ve made it that way too and it really hits the spot.
As pictured above I used Havarti…because that’s what I had in the fridge. Fresh basil, tubed tomato paste (It keeps really well in the fridge ), Bays English Muffins (my family’s favorite), and our favorite fresh Italian seasoning from my friend Tracy’s spice business The Spice Market.
Start out by toasting your English muffins in the oven for just a few minutes. Add the tomato paste and spread all over the top of the muffin.
Sprinkle the fresh Italian seasoning on the paste along with a little chopped basil.
Top with cheese of your choice. I used a half slice of Havarti for each muffin.
Then sprinkle with more seasoning, broil until toasty and ooey gooey, enjoy! Easy, Easy Easy!
Serve with your favorite soup, chowder, or just eat it alone for a midday snack! Above I paired it with my wonderful Squash Chowder Soup Choup!
Fresh Herbed Muffin Pizza
Fresh herbed pizza goodness. Top with your favorite toppings or keep it simple.
- 1/2 Bay's English Muffin
- 1.5 tsp tomato paste
- 1/2 slice Havarti cheese
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- fresh basil
The best baking/broiling pan. Love the holes, it lets the whole item toast!
This could also be the base of something really wonderful like a full blown pizza with black olives, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, eggs, sausage, salmon…you get the picture.
Let me know if you enjoyed this and what you’re favorite toppings are; I’m always on the look out for new ideas!