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This recipe satisfies my constant craving for pizza without any guilt. Packed with lower fat pepperonis and cheese, tons of vegetables and even a thin, crispy and crunchy crust…you’ll be hooked in no time!
Pepperoni pizza is where its at. I know that this is a huge debate in society but you at least know my vote when it comes to the Friday night staple. I could eat pizza, Stromboli and calzones for any meal all week long as long as it has pepperonis, cheese and sauce.
Let’s be real, it’s hard to compete with greasy pizza or pizza bites. There’s just a comfort level that’s hard to beat. I, however, have been trying my hardest to find way to make this Italian favorite a lighter, leaner, weeknight dinner with all the nutrients you need for a well balanced meal.
Here’s my disclaimer – and I should be careful how I share the word “guilty” because no food should bring you guilt if you eat it in moderation. In fact, here at Side of Veggies, I encourage my readers and viewers to enjoy what they love from time to time. Don’t think I’m the girl who skips late night deep dish pizza from a box with extra sauce. I’m just trying to find ways to tap into that desire more than once in awhile because we’ve added vegetables and lighter ingredients.
These rollups were created when I was feeling super lazy one night but I was craving pizza. Typically I’ll make pizza in a quesadilla form or as my Greek yogurt pizza, that still gets heavy and takes more time than I wanted to spend. Since I had the air fryer out and the ingredients ready to go, I birthed the idea of these pizza rollups. They were spicy, crispy and still gooey like pizzas. These actually reminded me of “thin crust” stromboli.
There were quite a few ways I even thought about making these that would work for all consumers. Here’s what was going through my head that may encourage you to try them:
- Add the sauce to the center as you build your layers. You don’t have to, I really wanted to use the sauce for dipping but you most certainly can. Feel free to add any sauce you have like a marinara, vodka sauce, pesto sauce, Romesco sauce or even a cauliflower Alfredo sauce! Dip or add to the center…or do both!
- Cheese is always a must in this recipe. I used a fat free mozzarella. I know the haters will comment on how unacceptable that is but once it’s wrapped in a bundle, it melts and binds everything together. Use regular mozzarella or provolone if you want. I think added parmesan is always welcomed too.
- Pizza tastes like pizza because of the added herbs and seasonings. I added a lot of herbs and flavors like garlic, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. Don’t skimp on the low calorie flavors that make it what it is.
- Add the ingredients you love on pizza! This is your show, babe! I love tons of vegetable toppings on my pizza like artichokes, capers, spinach, jalapeños, banana peppers, sun dried tomatoes, olives and garlic. If you want to get crazy and you’re open to it, add anchovies! *Chef’s kiss* spectacular!
- For the crust, use what you have. I have seen this done with canned pizza dough, tortillas or flattened pieces of white bread. I prefer low carb/high fiber tortilla wraps. These have a bite to them and crisp up really well in the air fryer.
The options are endless with this recipe. It’s not a technical process and even if it falls apart it’s still edible. The ingredients just mesh well and taste like pizza. What’s not to love?
You CAN bake these! Imagine that! Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes (or until the tops become crispy and golden). These are best to cook on a metal rack so the air touches the whole rollup while cooking.
Here are some other recipes to consider when making these rollups:
Here’s what I love the most about this recipe. My version (the Side of Veggies version I should say) has a ton of vegetables but are totally masked by the tortilla, cheese and pepperonis. Seriously, kids will love this. Make them the way your family will prefer! Also, if you don’t have kids, that’s totally fine. I prefer this recipe on the weekend if I’m being lazy on the couch with some wine and a good movie! *Cheers!*
Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Roll Ups
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) olive oil extra virgin
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 small-medium bell pepper (or 4-5 mini sweet bell peppers) chopped
- ½ jalapeno seeded, deveined, diced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ medium zucchini diced
- 5-6 baby bella mushrooms or white mushrooms chopped
- 1-2 cups fresh spinach chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers (optional)
- 2 tablespoons banana peppers chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
- 4 medium low carb/high fiber tortillas
- 1 cup fat free or low fat mozzarella cheese shredded
- 3-4 ounces turkey pepperonis (approximately 10-12 per rollup)
- 1-2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- oregano to season
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup marinara sauce (heated, for dipping) divided
- Chop and dice all vegetables as specified and set aside.
- Heat a large frying pan with olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. When heated, add onions, jalapeños and peppers. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes until translucent and develop color within the peppers and onions.
- Salt the peppers and onions with salt and pepper and stir. Add zucchini, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on medium-high while constantly stirring and flipping.
- Add in spinach, capers and chopped banana peppers and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Lay out all tortillas and evenly distribute at least 2 tablespoons of mozzarella on each tortilla. Add a scoop of the sautéed vegetables to each tortilla. Layer on about 10-12 pepperonis to each tortilla and then top with 2 more tablespoons of mozzarella cheese.
- Roll each one of the tortillas like a burrito by folding the edges inward.
- In an air fryer basket, spray down the basket with nonstick cooking spray and place the rolled pizza tortillas seam side down in the basket. Make sure the rollups are in one single layer and spread out.
- Air fry for 6-7 minutes on 390°. **Note: Every air fryer is different and each require different cooking methods. Be aware to preheat if needed and check the rollups after 3-4 minutes to assure proper cooking times**
- Remove and let cool for 3-4 minutes before cutting. Serve with your favorite heated marinara sauce (1/2 cup each).