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Michael Moore's recipe for a healthy meal on a pizza

CHEF and restaurateur Michael Moore was forced to re-evaluate his food philosophy when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Then, five years ago, he suffered a major stroke while out to dinner with his family, an event that changed his life forever.

It was this episode that inspired him to write the Blood Sugar cookbook series, a collection of beautifully presented and inspiring recipes that break the mould in diabetic cooking without compromising on taste.

A healthy meal on a pizza

INGREDIENTS:

BASE -  

1 large pita or Lebanese bread  

1/2 cup napolitana sauce  

80g button mushrooms, finely sliced  

1 medium green courgette/zucchini, finely sliced  

2 shallots/French shallots or red onions  

120g small bocconcini cheese  

1/2 punnet grape or cherry tomatoes  

1/2 bunch fresh parsley  

1/2 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, grated.

TOPPING -  

2 cups baby spinach or rocket leaves  

2 ripe avocados, diced  

80g low-fat feta cheese, crumbled  

4 bacon rashers, grilled  

1/2 punnet grape or cherry tomatoes  

4 red radishes, finely sliced  

1/2 cup fresh herbs  

1 lemon  

2 tbs olive oil.

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180C degrees. Place the bread on a large baking tray, spread a little of the napolitana sauce over and then in a random fashion sprinkle the sliced mushrooms, zucchini and shallots over the top.

Chop the bocconcini, grape tomatoes and parsley and scatter them randomly over the bread. Sprinkle with the grated mozzarella and season with sea salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the rocket leaves in a mixing bowl and mix with the remaining topping ingredients like a mixed salad, season well and dress with a little olive oil and squeeze of lemon.

Remove the hot bread from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Spoon the salad topping on to the bread. Cut into large wedges, season and serve. Serves 6.

Recipe extract from Blood Sugar - Food To Share, published by New Holland Publishers and available at all good bookstores, RRP $19.99. Also in the series is Blood Sugar - Healthy Meals.


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