South Beach Friendly Recipe: Roasted Veggie Whole Grain Pizza

Taking asthma medications has resulted in my gaining about 15 extra pounds over the past couple of years.  I eat well, lots of whole grains, veggies and fruits.  I don't eat sweets or fatty snacks, I eat low fat cheese and meats.  I do drink a cup or two of coffee with sugar every morning and a half of a small glass of OJ and I like to drink wine.  I recently stopped drinking lemonade and went to water.  No matter how much I cut back the weight remains.  Steroids create belly fat, I think it has to do with cortisol production because they are corticosteroids. They're not the same steroids that body builders take...or I'd be buff instead of puffy!  It's also hard to do cardio when you can't I'll be doing resistance training again.

The weight gain has made me increasingly frustrated and I decided to suck it up and try the South Beach Diet.  Many of the meals I make are already South Beach friendly because my husband was on South Beach for two years before going to Burn the Fat.  He doesn't like me to discuss his I'll leave it at that.  Let's just say he's living proof that it works.

For the first two weeks I can't eat any whole grains or drink coffee or wine. I'm not really excited about the next two weeks to be honest, but it's two weeks. I can do it.  After those two weeks I can add in whole grain rice, pasta and bread and enjoy wine again and I'm thinking I'll just give up coffee because I don't like it without sugar and I'm having to bid sugar goodbye and I refuse to eat fake chemical sugar.  I'm blogging this so I'm accountable to someone besides myself and my family.  I'll keep you posted!  I just want to lose 15 pounds, which seems like not very much but when you're small boned like I am, it makes a big difference in the way your body looks.  I like curves, I just don't like cellulite and muffin tops.  Well I like muffin tops, but not the ones at the top of my pants.

This is a Phase 2 recipe that I made on Saturday which I'll be able to enjoy again in two weeks.  We have pizza once a week and this is a way to do that and not be totally indulgent.  Use a whole wheat flat bread of some kind (naan, pita, whole wheat thin pizza crust) and load it up with roasted veggies and a smattering of low fat or fat free cheese. (Make sure you check the ingredients on your breads and crackers, it's important to avoid processed and enriched flours.  You want 100% whole grains.) 

Roasted Veggie Whole Grain Pizza
South Beach Phase 2 Friendly
Margot Potter
Serves 2-3 People

2 Whole wheat or whole grain flat bread (I used a Wegman's naan)
1 Red, green or yellow bell pepper
1/2 medium sweet onion
3 cloves garlic
5-6 campari or other slicing tomatoes
Fresh basil
Lo Fat or Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella
1oz. Lo Fat Goat Cheese (if you can't find lo fat, full fat is okay since it's such a small amount)
1 tbs. Extra Virgin or Light Olive Oil

1. Slice onions and bell pepper into thin strips.  Mince garlic.  Toss veggies and garlic into a mixing bowl, add olive oil and toss.  Place veggies in a thin layer on a baking sheet.  Roast in a 450 degree oven until they begin to brown, turning once.

2. Use about 1 cup of mozzarella and spread on top of the flat breads.

3.  Thinly slice tomatoes and arrange on top of cheese.

4. Liberally sprinkle roasted veggies on top. Dice or cut strips of basil and scatter across top of veggies.

5.  Break goat cheese into small clumps and dot across top of veggies on pizzas.

6.  Place pizzas on a baking tray in a 450 degree oven and cook for approximately 10-12 minutes or until crust begins to brown.


AuntieAnnie said...

Good luck with the South Beach. My sister loves South Beach. At age 61, I have alot more than 15 pounds to lose- asthma and allergies and stress packed on a few pounds a year.....for me, I have come to the conclusion that I am going to have to exercise - and I am doing it, and the weight is coming off slowly. I am also using Sparkpeople (which is free) to log all the food I eat, all the exercise I do - and I get feedback from the site as far as balanced diet and meeting goals go.....the most important thing I am trying to do is to pay attention, to listen to what makes sense for me...and to back up and try again if something is not working.

Designs by C O R O N A said...

Well having spent last Monday night in the ER, from what is a suspected case of "GERD" and just before a diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes. I am pretty well in a hole. But the medicines they put me on last week made me loose 9 pounds in 3 days. But of course that was just the bloating I have been carrying for the past several months and the reason I could not sleep, or lay flat for very long. Any diet looks marvelous, my problem is the diabetes is no sugars, and the GERD ( and other things ) is no artificial sweeteners. I can't tolerate honey or agave etc. Beside agave is so expensive. So I hope to start incorporating more veggies as I can tolerate them and this is an absolute option I will look into to.

Hello there! My name is June said...

This looks so incredibly awesome...dieting aside!
I usually make a spinach pesto pizza, but will give this a go the next time we have pizza on the menu.

Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

This pizza is totally up my alley as I sit here eating my leftover lunch of roasted veggies.

Have you ever done any yoga (you seem like the yoga type to me)? I have a great 30 minute video called Power Yoga with Rodney Yi that is really good for strength and flexibility, but it is not super cardio. I do low-impact videos too, but there is nothing like a good stretch with Mr. Yi ;)

Margot Potter said...

Hey Annie

My hubby had a lot of weight to lose too, South Beach is great for folks who need to lose a lot because it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. The first two weeks are tough, but you lose a lot of weight and that gets you motivated.

It's really important to exercise too if you can. Ultimately it comes down to move and eat food that is not processed and not full of sugar, empty carbs and fat. Good luck!


Margot Potter said...

Hey Lynn

Yes, no sugar on South Beach. It's good for diabetics because it's about your insulin levels and the way your body processes food as sugars. So you eat foods with a very low glycemic index. Maybe stevia would work for you? That's a natural sugar substitute...


Margot Potter said...


I did yoga for a year and I really loved it, then I got sick and had to stop and never got back into it. I think it would be good for me and I've been meaning to get a DVD of yoga or pilates. Good idea!


Anonymous said...

I don't like the chemically sugar either but I found that Truvia, which is a sweetener from the Stevia plant, tastes just as good as sugar with no chemical aftertaste. So far, I am still able to enjoy my coffee and tea!! I use it in my fruit smoothies too.

Maris said...

Love the idea of using naan as pizza dough - sounds like instant portion control, too!