Should you keep a frozen pizza on hand for a quick meal?

White flour, cheese, pepperoni. No one confuses pizza with health food.

But if you keep a box in your freezer for an occasional no-fuss meal, here’s good news: A handful of decent pies are showing up in the supermarket. Veggies like shiitake mushrooms, butternut squash, and arugula are replacing some—or all—of the cheese or processed meat.

So if you’re hungry for a better pizza, here are some to try:

Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza TJ's Pizza

One way to solve pizza’s saturated-fat problem: lose the cheese. With this cheese-less pizza’s shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, slightly sweet caramelized onions, and balsamic vinegar, you might not miss the cheese.

If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, try Amy’s Roasted Vegetable No Cheese Pizza. It’s nearly identical.

 

Whole Foods Marinated Grilled Vegetables Wood-Fired PizzaWhole Foods Pizza

If you’re tired of veggie pizzas with just mushrooms, olives, and onions, then pick up this one. Its “mélange of marinated grilled vegetables” includes sliced eggplant, peppers, zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus.

Or head to Trader Joe’s and pick up a Trader Giotto’s Kale, Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Pizza.

 Veggies offer more than flavor. Their potassium may help blunt the rise in blood pressure from all the salt in your pizza.

Add your own veggies to frozen pizza

Here are some tips for how to boost the vegetable power of your pizza:Pizza stock photo

  • Slice raw vegetables thin so they cook quickly.
  • Add delicate leaves—arugula, basil, cilantro, parsley—after the pizza is out of the oven.
  • Don’t overdo the veggies or the crust will get soggy.
  • For deeper flavor, add pre-roasted vegetables like onions, butternut squash, and peppers.
  • Don’t fool yourself. Extra veggies are nice, but you can only get so much from a pizza. So make sure you fill half your plate with a salad or vegetable side dish.

 

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