Garlic, a member of the onion
family, lends its intense flavor to this dish. In addition, scientists
point to the many health benefits of garlic, including its likely
role in offering protection from colorectal cancer.
Spinach and White Bean Pizza - Makes 5 servings.
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
(not packed in oil)
1 package pre-baked thin Italian pizza crust, preferably
1 (15 oz.) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup (firmly packed) baby spinach leaves, torn into small
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Set oven rack in lowest position
and pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Cover sun dried tomatoes with
boiling water, let stand for about 12 minutes.
Drain tomatoes and cut into
thin strips, set aside.
Place beans and garlic in food
processor and blend until smooth.
Place pizza crust directly on
oven rack and crisp for 10 minutes. Remove crust and place on
un-greased cookie sheet. Spread bean mixture evenly over pizza
crust. Top with spinach and sun dried tomatoes. Sprinkle with
cheese and seasoning.
Bake 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Per serving: 260 calories, 5
g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 44 g carbohydrates, 15 g protein,
9 g dietary fiber, 530 mg sodium.