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 SmartPoints. I’m comparing it to a Pizza Hut personal pan pizza pepperoni which has a shocking 640 calories ad 29 grams of fat!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients

1 Oroweat Sandwich Thin or your favorite brand, see shopping tips

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 tips

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 Tips
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 side salad such as Low Carb Salad on a Stick, Italian-Style. Such a fun way to serve a salad. Each has 72 calories, 5g fat & 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

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

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 melt
215 calories, 8g fat, 3g sat. fat, 25mg chol, 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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37 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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  26. Rose Says:

    What are the points in the new Smartpoints program. You don’t mention if the fats are total or saturated.

  27. admin Says:

    Up until now Rose, most of my recipes have just the total fat. But I started last week updating my recipes to add sat. fat to all of them. I’m waiting for my smart points calculator so I don’t have the smart points yet.
    If you do, here are the nutrition facts:
    SKINNY FACTS: for 1 melt
    215 calories, 8g fat, 3g sat.fat, 25mg chol, 14g protein, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 737mg sodium, 4g sugar

  28. Louise Says:

    Hello, I read this blogpost and I think I’m going to introduce the recipe to my family because it looks delicious! I’m wondering if you have had enough after 1 pizza melt? Or do you combine this with side dishes to complete the meal?

  29. admin Says:

    Louise, one pizza melt is very satisfying but I like to served it with a side salad.
    Enjoy!
    My best,
    Nancy

  30. Jessica gutierrez Says:

    Do you have a weight watchers in Woodridge IL or Darien IL zip code is 60517

  31. admin Says:

    Jessica, I’m just a recipe site. I do not work for Weight Watchers. Here’s a link to fine a meeting near you.
    http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/mtf/location_results_center.aspx?pageid=1086071&pg=8&s=ZIP&z=60517
    Best of luck,
    Nancy

  32. Martin Says:

    I was looking for a quick and easy meal for my wife and me and this really hit the spot. We used flavored tomato sauce instead of pizza sauce (less sugar) and it was still really good. If you like it a bit crispier then it’s better slow cooked in a toaster oven.

  33. admin Says:

    I love your feedback Martin.
    Thanks for the tips!
    My best,
    Nancy

  34. Kennedy Says:

    I write this with considerable egg on my face. A few days ago I wrote you about including the vegetables in your recipe calculations for Weight Watchers Smart Points. That’s the way the Points Plus calculations were figured. Tuesday night at my weekly meeting I asked my Leader about this. You are absolutely correct. VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ARE NO LONGER CALCULATED IN SMART POINTS CALCULATIONS!!! I just wanted to let you know that. I was wrong. For the folks out there that read this, I thought some others may not be aware of the change in the calculation process. Thank you, Nancy, for always being so response to us. (Love the skinny pizza sandwich today!!!) love, love, love your recipes!!!

  35. Carol cote Says:

    Would it be too much trouble to post the individual ingredient calorie value, so in the event that I /we don’t have a low calorie item like the cheese on hand and we have to sub our normal cheese we would know the calorie difference. That way our calculation would reflect the different calorie count.

  36. admin Says:

    I’m sorry Carol but this would not be possible. It already takes me a ton of time to create and upload each recipe, calculate the Skinny Facts and Weight Watchers Points.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  37. admin Says:

    You are so sweet Kennedy. No worries at all.
    Thank you so much for the kind words!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

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