Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Pizza

I’d like to introduce “The Fixer.”

This pizza is the first in a series I’d like to call “The 400 Calorie Fix.”

It just so happens that i’mtryingtoloseweight.

It’s like pulling off a band-aid.  Saying it real fast makes it less painful.  Kinda.  The truth is I have 4 boys.  My body is, shall we say, not quite what it used to be.

I wouldn’t change the stretch marks, c-section scar, or wider hips since they are my battle scars, so to speak, and I have 4 beautiful children as a result.  I realize though that instead of looking like a mama I could look like a hot mama.

Thus, my 400 Calorie Fixer.

I’ve read article after article after article about how to diet, eat healthy, lose weight, go on a juice diet {think So I Married an Axe Murderer. Jooose Diat}.  For me, it really all comes down to eating within my calorie range, working out, and drinking lots of water.

It sounds simple enough.  Oh, does it sound simple.  Then you are faced with ooey gooey melty cheesy bliss and *poof* you cave.

I don’t blame you.  It’s hard to resist.

This is my ooey gooey melty cheesy bliss AND it’s under 400 calories.

I break my meals up into 400 calories allotments.  I did actually read that in a magazine once and it stuck with me.  I used to just eat as little as possible and hoard my calories until the end of the day then unleash on a carton of Ben and Jerry’s because I was starving.  Yeah.  How’s that workin’ for ya?  Not so much.

Now, I have 4-5 meals, each around 400 calories so I actually feel satisfied throughout the day.  Do I have days where I fail miserably!?  3 words.  Peanut Butter M&M’s.  Enough said.

I’m right back to it the next day though.

I came up with this pizza when I returned from Camp Blogaway where I’d received some Roasted Red Peppers and Lemon Pesto from Roland Foods.  Pesto is just a beautiful thing.  Top it with cheese and roasted red peppers?  Home run, people.

This completely satisfies my cravings for pizza, melty cheese, and a crispy crust.



  1. Love this! I’m a semi calorie counter as well, and often make a mini pizza on a sandwich thin. I like feta, spinach, red onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Also good on a sandwich thin is hummus, roasted red pepper, tomatoes and spinach, OR scrambled egg whites with feta, spinach and broccoli (I guess I love spinach)

    • Those all sound fabulous! I’ve been so addicted to red onions lately and I always have some Trader Joe’s sun-dried tomatoes on hand. I’ll admit the sandwich thins aren’t the cheapest option but they are so worth the extra $.50!

  2. What a great idea! I love roasted red peppers and the lemon pesto sounds amazing.

  3. I am making this for lunch! This sounds amaze-balls! I have been having that Pesto smeared on everything lately! YUM!!

  4. Krista, that looks absolutely delicious!

  5. This looks dreamy! What a luscious combination of flavors and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Pesto on pizza is always a winner for me!

  7. What a great looking pizza…i love it!!!

  8. Your pizza filling is a winner.I love those quick and easy pizzas for lunch. I do have similar pizza using Caramelized bell peppers & Brie cheese.Check it out

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