About the Author
Cassandra Verdi, MPH, RD, was formerly the Associate Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association. Due to her family’s history of diabetes, she has seen firsthand the importance of education and support for diabetes prevention and management. Cassandra has worked and volunteered in various settings to help educate both people with diabetes and healthcare professionals.
Stephanie Dunbar, MPH, RD, was formerly the Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association. She has also worked as a nutritionist providing diabetes education to adults with type 2 diabetes and as a clinical faculty member at East Carolina University Medical School, where her primary focus was children with type 1 diabetes. Working closely with co-author Cassandra Verdi, she was instrumental in developing and monitoring nutrition policy for the American Diabetes Association.
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Sample Recipe: Mushroom Arugula Pizza
Mini-pizzas are easy and fun to create using a sandwich thin and your favorite toppings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 1 individual pizza (1/2 sandwich thin)
4 cloves garlic, chopped (divided)
1/4 cup diced red onion
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup packed (3 cups loose) arugula
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
1/8 tsp white ground pepper
3 whole-wheat sandwich thins, opened into halves
3 Tbsp reduced-fat shredded mozzarella
- Sautée 2 cloves garlic, onion, and mushrooms in olive oil about 10 minutes or until mushrooms are golden brown.
- In food processor, add arugula, ricotta, remaining 2 cloves garlic and white pepper and pulse until smooth.
- Place 6 sandwich thin halves on a baking pan.
- Add 1 Tbsp of arugula mixture on each half of sandwich thins
- Top with mushrooms and shredded mozzarella
- Broil for 5 minutes on low until cheese melted
1 Starch, 1 Lean Protein
Calories 100; Calories from Fat 35; Total Fat 4.0 g; Saturated Fat 1.2 g; Trans Fat 0.0 g; Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 130 mg; Potassium 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate 14 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Sugars 3 g; Protein 6g; Phosphorus 125 mg
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