I don't know if I have made my stance on beans clear- I LOVE BEANS! I literally sat over the stove with a fork and ate almost this whole skillet on my own. When I tell you I am on a constant mission to make pizza "healthier," it has almost become my life goal. While "healthy" is a relative term, this Cheesy White Bean Pizza Skillet packs in more nutrients than a regular pizza! It is full of fiber, protein, iron and a ton of other nutrients! This recipe comes together in 15 minutes, is filling, and is sure to be a family favorite! You don't want to miss this quick and easy 15-minute healthy dinner that makes PIZZA better for you! Add whatever toppings you want (or don't want) to easily make this vegetarian, meat lover, or dare I say... Hawaiian?!
The Lowdown on Legumes
Legumes- beans, lentils, peas- often get a bad wrap because they are FILLED with fiber and can often cause gas if you are used to eating a low-fiber diet. I introduce legumes in small amounts and increased my consumption over time to avoid that painful bloating that can often happen. Not only do legumes help you stay regular, but their fiber helps make you feel fuller, faster!
For 1 cup you get:
242 calories, 17 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 36% of your daily value of folate and iron, 55% of your daily value of copper, and a significant source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and polyphenol antioxidants!
UMM HELLO! Don't be sleeping on the beans! They are so nutritious and honestly, pretty delicious!
Cannellini/ White Kidney Beans
You will want a hearty, large white bean! This helps mimic the fluffy pizza crust!
Pepperoni (omit for vegetarian)
I added this to mine because it's my favorite pizza topping. Feel free to omit or get creative with your own toppings!
Use your favorite marinara sauce. The only suggestion I would make is to choose a marinara sauce that isn't too watery otherwise your skillet will turn out soupier rather than pizza-like!
Your favorite pizza toppings!
The sky is the limit for the add-ins you could add! Mushrooms, bacon, sausage, olives, peppers, spinach, onions, and dare I say... pineapple.
Basil for garnish (optional)
Italian Soffrito or Italian Seasoning
I use the Italian Soffrito dry seasoning (find by the spices) from Trader Joe's IT'S SO GOOD and versatile! It includes crispy onions, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt, garlic, red peppers, parsley, rosemary, and sage. If you do not have access to a Trader Joe's a simple Italian Seasoning blend will work well in it's place!