Everyone loves pizza! And what’s not to love about a pizza that includes the deliciousness of mushrooms and bacon and the healthiness of kale? Oh and did I mention each one is an individual personal pizza you can customize to your liking? 

Kale, Mushroom, and Bacon Personal Pizzas

from a recipe by Hannah Klinger for Cooking Light

Ingredients:

  • 2 (6-in.) whole-wheat pitas*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (15-oz.) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 center-cut bacon slices**
  • 1 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 8-oz. sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 4 cups baby kale

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Split each pita in half horizontally into rounds. Arrange pita rounds on a baking sheet; broil 1 minute on each side or until toasted.
  3. Place oil, rosemary, rind, juice, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and beans in the bowl of a mini food processor; process until mixture is smooth.
  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; crumble. Add onion and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add kale to pan in batches, stirring until kale wilts.
  5. Spread bean mixture evenly over rough side of pita halves; top evenly with kale mixture. Sprinkle with bacon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

* Don’t have pitas? – you can substitute a variety of “bases”. Try halved English muffins, naan, tortillas, or regular mini pizza crusts.

** For a satisfying vegetarian main, omit the bacon; instead, sauté the vegetables in 2 teaspoons olive oil, and sprinkle pizzas with 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese for a hit of salty, savory flavor.