Eureka! I found fresh basil in Singapore! I had heard rumors that you could find it at stores such as Cold Storage, but I am a Fair Price shopper. It’s locations are more convenient and for the most part it tends to be less expensive. The only problem is only certain Fair Price’s carry the different ingredients I love. The Jurong Point Fair Price has amazing french baguettes. They are better than the stuff I find at some grocery stores in the states, no joke. The Clementi Mall Fair Price has a good fruit selection and now the Jurong East Fair Price has fresh basil. Slowly but surely, Singapore is becoming more and more livable. Unfortunately, as we discover the tricks that make living in another country easier, we simultaneously start to miss home, family and friends more as well. However this pizza I made for lunch today makes it all a little more bearable… I call it food therapy, which can me dangerous, so be careful now. Emotional eating is never good, but if you are going to do it, why not soothe your woes with something fresh, healthy and most of all delowcious. I know what you are thinking, “Elizabeth, pizza is not a healthy food.” Yeah, yeah yeah, I know. Not usually, but this time it is different. I made my pizza on a whole wheat tortilla, used a minimal amount of cheese (just a sprinkle to lightly cover the sauce), garnished it with fresh veggies (tomatoes and fresh basil) and seasoned it with garlic powder and crushed red pepper. The thin crispy tortilla lowers the normal high carb count of pizza and makes it more like an italian tostada. The garlic powder and crushed red pepper add tons of flavor without tons of sodium. And I don’t have to tell you what the veggies do. Unless I am missing something, nothing about that screams bad for you. In fact, it all seems pretty healthy. Here is how I made my margarita tostada…
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- 1 tablespoons of preferred pizza sauce (spaghetti sauce will work)
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
- 4 red grape tomatoes (cut is 4ths)
- 4 yellow grape tomatoes (cut in 4ths)
- 8 fresh basil leaves (chiffonade)
- 1 handful of grated Italian cheese mix
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Spread sauce over tortilla.
- Sprinkle with garlic powder to taste.
- Cover with cheese.
- Add crushed red pepper. (I like to add the red pepper before I cook my pizza. It really brings out the flavor.)
- Scatter sliced tomatoes on the tortilla.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil.
- Drizzle olive oil over top.
Place pizza directly on the middle oven rack and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until tortilla has reached your desired crispiness.
Cut in 4′s and serve immediately.