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Gourmet or Healthy? Oh My mushroom pizza!

Updated on March 19, 2013


Oh MY!
Oh MY!
Start your onions with think slices!
Start your onions with think slices!
Golden brown caramelized onions!
Golden brown caramelized onions!
Finished with a bit of garlic aioli!
Finished with a bit of garlic aioli!

Organic-Homemade Mushroom, Onion, & Feta!

My new family favorite!

Recently, on a vacation, my husband and I experienced our all time favorite pizza. This was no regular pizza-It was a yeast crust topped with caramelized onions, multiple types of mushrooms, 2 types of cheese, a garlic oil base, a drizzle of truffle oil, and was finished with garlic aioli. My friends....I am talking about the Holy Shiitake pizza from Mellow Mushroom. To me, The Mellow Mushroom is a fantastic place. They have a "hippie" vibe and serve organic, fresh items with TONS of vegan and vegetarian options. Craving this pizza, I decided to look up the nutritional information...bad idea. This culinary masterpiece that we love so much is certainly not an option for our new healthy eating plan! 1 small slice has about 680 calories and 40 grams of fat...YIKES.

Something had to be done...I want my pizza! It may still be a splurge item but it tastes FANTASTIC and a much healthier option because of a few upgrades!

Its organic and healthier than my restaurant favorite!

1. The Crust - we started with a whole wheat crust. If you need a yeast free whole wheat crust..CLICK HERE :) Bake the crust at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes before adding the sauce and toppings. You can always use a store bought crust to make this quicker but making your own only takes about 5 minutes!

2. The sauce - The sauce for this pizza is pretty simple! It is garlic oil infused with crushed garlic. If you want to make this on your own, simply take some EVOO and add crushed or minced garlic. Shake it up and sit in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to develop. If you want a QUICK FIX... Use some light italian dressing! It has tons of flavor and is a great substitute.

3. The toppings - Some of the best parts of this pizza are the toppings and there are only 2. Caramelized onions and Sauteed mushrooms! To keep my pizza on the healthy side, I caramelized and sauteed in coconut oil instead of butter. You can do it with spray, butter, evoo, vegetable oil, etc!

Thin slices! Finished Onions

Do you need to know how to caramelize onions? Its pretty easy!

  • Thinly slice onions and toss with some salt and pepper
  • Heat pan to medium heat and add a slight amount of oil - I used coconut oil
  • Keep onions moving and they will eventually take on a rich brown color as the natural sugars work their way out of the onion.

4. The cheeses - As you can see, there isn't a ton of cheese on this pizza. I went for some more flavorful cheeses so I could use less. This pizza is topped with crumbled feta and shreds of white cheddar. I added some chopped chives and then put the pizza in to finish for about 10 minutes in the oven.

5. The finish - Could be the best part as well as the part to go sparingly on! This garlic aioli is simply a homemade mayo blended with crushed garlic, salt & pepper. For a homemade mayo, you only need 3 here for the recipe! I simply added a little drizzle to the top of the pizza...a little goes a long way!

That's it! An amazing pizza and I made it in about the same time that it would have taken for a delivery pizza. This is definitely an easy one that can be a part of our every week routine. This recipe proves that all you need is a bit of inspiration and a few ingredients to make your own healthy masterpiece! My husband loved it so much that he posted pictures to facebook - that is a first!

I hope this recipe inspires you to create your own healthy masterpiece and that you making your favorite splurge items...a bit healthier!


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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      It honestly isn't that bad! Using Feta causes you to use less cheese than regular mozzarella. It is so worth it at least one night a week! Thanks for the shares!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      The sounds delicious and very different to the normal pizza! However, at that amount of calories, definitely not an every night treat lol.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and awesome!

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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks point2make for reading !!! I am the same with mushroom pizza. I hope you try this recipe! Please let me know if you do and what you think!

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      point2make 5 years ago

      Mushroom pizza is my favorite and I have sampled them in all parts of the country...good and bad.....artery clogging and reasonable healthy. I can honestly say I have never met a mushroom pizza I didn't like....yours will be my next adventure. Thanks for the recipe and making it healthy.

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      Kas 5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Once we get around to it, I'll definitely let you know!

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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      I never knew that Feta was so awesome until a few years am HOOKED! I hope you try it!!!Thanks careermommy for reading!

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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading anndango and for sharing!!!

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      Heather May 5 years ago from Ohio

      Kasman - Thanks! Normally I don't brag up my food BUT m hubby is already asking for this one again. Let me know what you think!

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      Tirralan Watkins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Mommymay, all I can say is wow. This sounds so delicious. I like the idea of using feta cheese. This is a pizza that's now on my to-make list!

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      anndango 5 years ago

      This sounds good! I'm going to try it out. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Kas 5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Oh man, you're killing me Mommymay! I'm a sucker for a good pizza anyway but especially caramelized onions. My wife and I are wanting to try some newer homemade pizza recipes. Thanks alot for sharing this, the pictures alone are making me salivate! Voting up!


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