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Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Melt, Low in Calories, Big on Taste

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If you’re watching your weight or trying to be healthy chances are pepperoni pizza is not on your diet, right?  Great news though…I’ve created a delicious and healthy melt using very low fat and calorie turkey pepperoni, reduced-fat cheese and a high fiber sandwich thin. The skinny for 1 melt, 215 calories, 8 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. I’m comparing it to a Pizza Hut personal pan pizza pepperoni which has a shocking 640 calories ad 29 grams of fat! There’s lots of pizzazz in this skinny, yummy melt.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients

1 Oroweat Sandwich Thin, see shopping tip

1 teaspoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1½ tablespoons pizza sauce or marinara sauce

7 slices Hormel’s 70% less fat turkey pepperoni, see shopping tip

1 slice light provolone cheese or light mozzarella


Instructions

1. Preheat Panini maker or George Foreman grill.

2. Spread the outside of the sandwich thin, both top and bottom, with ½ teaspoon of butter on each.  Split open and spread the inside of the bottom slice with pizza sauce. On top of sauce, place pepperoni slices and top with 1 slice of cheese. Place remaining top piece of sandwich thin, butter side out.

3. Place in Panini maker or George Foreman grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until melted and golden brown. Remove with a spatula as the cheese oozes out a bit while cooking. I love it that way!

4. Serve with a fork and knife.

Makes 1 serving


Shopping Tip

Oroweat Sandwich Thins can be found in most large supermarkets.  One sandwich thin has 100 calories, 1g fat, and 5g fiber.  They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts.  Use your favorite.

I used Hormel’s 70% reduced-fat turkey pepperoni. You’ll find it in the luncheon meat section of most supermarkets.  It’s so low in calories and fat compared to regular pepperoni. One serving (17 slices) has 70 calories and 4 grams of fat. If you can’t find it, substitute with reduced-fat salami.


Serving Tip

This is such a hearty melt. Serve it with a cup of soup such as Dreamy Tomato Soup Florentine or a side salad such as CPK’s Delightful Provencal Salad Made Skinny.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 melt
215 calories, 8g fat, 14g protein, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 737mg sodium, 4g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Pizza Hut’s personal pan pizza pepperoni
640 calories, 29g fat, 28g protein, 67g carbs, 3g fiber, 1530mg sodium, 7g sugar

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25 Responses to “Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Melt, Low in Calories, Big on Taste”

  1. lisa Says:

    Looks great! I love this idea for dinners! We love that turkey pepperoni and buy it all the time :)

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Lisa…enjoy!

  3. Vicky @ Mess For Less Says:

    Pinning this now. I am following weight watchers and these seems like a great lunch for not a lot of points. Thanks!

  4. admin Says:

    Vicky, thanks so much for sharing this recipe on Pinterest! It is super simple to make and everyone loves it. Best of luck to you on Weight Watchers!

  5. Margo Says:

    Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering!

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks Margo…Enjoy!
    Best,
    Nancy

  7. Becky Says:

    This was delicious! I used the oroweat Italian pita instead of the sandwich thin (same points plus value) YUMMY! I will definitely be making it again, it satisfied my pizza craving!

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your great feedback Becky…Good to know Oroweat Italian pita worked for this recipe!
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

  9. Marlee Says:

    I got the ingredients for this last night at the store, and just whipped one up for my lunch, and let me say – this recipe was so simple, affordable, & DELICIOUS. I will be making this lots in the future!

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks for your helpful, terrific feedback Marlee! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

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  12. admin Says:

    Martha,
    Thanks so much for including my Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Melt this week!
    Best of luck to you,
    Nancy

  13. Jodi Says:

    These are AWESOME!!! I added some grilled bell pepper’s to mine, wish I had some mushroom’s also then it would be just like I enjoy my pizza :)

  14. admin Says:

    This recipe is very versatile so you can customize it. I love the sound of adding grilled bell peppers. Especially red ones!
    Thanks for sharing Jodi!

  15. Shannon Says:

    YUM! Wish I could save to my ziplist.. This feature seems to be down :(

  16. admin Says:

    Dana, I’m so sorry ZipList has not been working on my site for several days. My tech guy is trying to get it fixed.
    Hopefully real soon.
    I’m sorry for any inconvenience you had!
    With my best wishes,
    nancy

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  18. admin Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my Skinny Stuffed Pizza Melt.It’s super easy to make and really satisfies a pizza craving!
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

  19. Erica Says:

    Nancy this was very good. I will definetely make this again and again and again! Fixed a side salad and it was perfect lunch. Thanks for keeping my meals healthy and tasty.

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Erica! Sounds like a real satisfying lunch with a side salad.

  21. marie Says:

    I don’t have a panini maker or george foreman grill..any suggestions on cooking options?

  22. admin Says:

    No problem Marie, you can easily make it in a pan. Here’s what you do: In a nonstick pan, add the stuffed pizza and cook for 2 minutes on medium-high heat. Using a spatula, turn over and continue to cook for about 1-2 minutes until browned on each side.
    Enjoy!

  23. marie Says:

    Perfect!! That is what I was thinking…just like a grilled cheese :) …can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

  24. admin Says:

    My pleasure Marie!

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