Most faux holidays are ridiculous, but this is one we can actually get behind—today, friends and fellow cheese-covered-bread lovers, is National Pizza Day. In honor of this esteemed celebration of one of the most important and life-changing inventions of all time, we’re gifting you a list of the most popular pizza recipes on Pinterest. These are actually delicious and healthy—though if you’re really committed to the cause, you could always try this mac-and-cheese pizza instead. Here, the five most pinned (and yet somehow good-for-you pies) to help you enjoy the day responsibly.
Happy National Pizza Day
Julia Child's Eggplant Pizza
We know what you're thinking—this isn't a real pizza!—but before you banish us from your browser, just consider how delicious these might be for all those times you're trying to resist actual pizza (especially for those among us who are gluten-free).
Find the recipe for Julia Child's eggplant pizza here.
The best thing about this guilt-free pizza alternative, which uses decadent portobello mushrooms in place of pizza dough, is that it takes only 10 minutes to make.
Find the recipe for these portobello pizzas here.
We honestly like this recipe better than "real" pizza—seriously! If you've never tried making cauliflower crust, there's no better time to give it a shot than National Pizza Day (or the day after National Pizza Day, once the last of your meat-covered, cheese-stuffed Domino's order has been devoured). Tip: Trader Joe's makes frozen cauliflower rice, making this version easy to put together in a pinch.
Find the recipe for this cauliflower-crust pizza here.
Here's yet another ingenious way to trick your kids (ahem, yourself) into eating their (your) vegetables: using zucchini to make the crust instead of cauliflower. The two veggie versions taste similar to each other, so it's really just a matter of personal preference.
Find the recipe for this zucchini-crust pizza here.
Spinach Pesto Pizza With Mozzarella and Naan
Sometimes, after a few too many cocktails, you may find yourself creating late-night makeshift pizza out of whatever random ingredients are in your fridge. We suggest you keep some naan on hand for such an occasion—it may not be as healthy as the others on this list, but it's better than a 1am Papa John's delivery, so we're including it nonetheless.
Find the recipe for this naan pizza here.