|(NAPSI)-Pizza is often a favorite
for last-minute get-togethers. Give this easy but very special
pizza a try instead of going with the same old, same old. It
could easily become your favorite for impromptu or planned
The difference starts at the base, with flat bread or a thin
whole wheat crust instead of the usual dough. You'll find flat
bread now in most supermarkets, usually in the specialty baking
section. Build on the base with thin slices of prosciutto
(Italian ham), crumbles of aromatic Asiago
cheese and a sprinkling of fresh basil. Bake just 10 minutes,
then crown with green and gold slices of Chilean Hass Avocados.
It's ready in just about the time it takes to get a delivery and
much more impressive.
You can enjoy rich Chilean Hass Avocados August through
February. Because Chile's seasons are the opposite of ours,
their avocado season complements the California crop. This
year's Chilean harvest is a bumper one, so you'll see plenty of
Chilean Hass Avocados in your favorite supermarket.
In addition to flavor and versatility, Hass Avocados are
nutrient dense, providing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals with
only 50 calories per 1-ounce serving. The fat in avocados is
mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (the "good" fats).
Current dietary guidelines recommend that you "keep total fat
intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with most fats
coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty
acids." A serving of avocado provides 4.5 grams of fat, with 3
grams of that as monounsaturated fat. According to Registered
Dietitian Cynthia Sass, co-author of "Flat Belly Diet,"
MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids),
as shown in a variety of studies, can be helpful with
cholesterol levels and help to moderate inflammation, belly fat
(one of the most dangerous types of fat in the body) and body
weight, as well as increasing brain and lung function.
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Asiago and Prosciutto Pizza
- 1 (10-ounce) thin or whole wheat pizza crust or
seasoned flat bread crust
- 1½ to 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- 3 ounces Asiago
- 2 tablespoons chopped
- fresh basil or Italian parsley
- 2 Chilean Hass Avocados
- Red pepper flakes, optional
Makes 6 servings
This is not your ordinary pizza, although it's almost as easy
as getting a delivery. Start at the bottom with whole wheat or
thin premade pizza crust, or use flat bread. Finish it off with
slices of Hass Avocado from Chile.
Preheat oven to 425°. Place flatbread or pizza crust on
baking sheet. Arrange prosciutto slices evenly over crust.
Sprinkle with Asiago and basil. Bake
until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse
avocados. Cut in half. Spoon out pit. Remove peel. Cut into
slices and arrange over top of pizza. Sprinkle with red pepper
flakes, if desired.
Nutritional Information per serving: calories 293, fat 15g,
monounsaturated fat 6g, protein 13g, carbohydrates 29g,
cholesterol 18.5mg, sodium 500mg, fiber 2.5g.
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