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Healthy for the holidays: Pizza Muffins

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By Zoe Weisner:

•    2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil •    2/3 cup finely chopped onion •   2/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper •    1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour •    2 tsp baking powder •    1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 tsp dried •    1 tsp sugar •    1/4 tsp garlic powder •    1/4 tsp salt •   1/3 cup low-fat milk •   1 large egg, well-beaten •    2 tbsp tomato paste •   2 tbsp chopped kalamata olives

24 servings | Total Time: 50 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 400 F and spray cookie pan.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
3. Add onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, for about five minutes.
4. Transfer the mix to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
6. Whisk whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, oregano, sugar, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir milk, feta, egg, tomato paste and olives into
the onion mixture.
8. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full.
9. Bake the muffins until lightly browned, between 13 and 15 minutes.
10. Let the muffins cool in the pan for five minutes before serving.

These muffins make great snacks since one muffin is only 20 calories. When fresh out of the oven, the muffins have a very bright color, which makes them perfect for festive occasions. Because these muffins are extremely tiny, they have an intense flavor and taste very similar to a condensed pizza. For a spicy twist, one can throw in some peppers. Don’t like the feta cheese? Replace it with cheddar or any other type of cheese that best suits your preference. The muffins are filling, so it’s best to eat them with a light dish. Try using some bits of sausage or bacon for a stronger taste because the recipe consists mainly of vegetables and cheese. The muffins’ versatility is what makes them the perfect treat to serve at a New Year’s party.

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Healthy for the holidays: Pizza Muffins