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Healthy Pepperoni Pizza

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I’ve said it many times: I think pizza has an undeserved bad reputation.


Because when you’re careful with the ingredients you select for homemade (or even store-bought & delivered) pizza, it can actually be a nutritious main dish.

Usually, one of my recommendations for making healthy pizza has been to skip the traditional pizza meat, which is often overly processed and full of additives & preservatives…not to mention from animals who’ve been raised in inhumane and unsustainable ways.

But I’m happy to announce that Applegate is now making mini pork & turkey pepperoni, which means you can now enjoy a traditional pizza topping without all the gross stuff. Applegate’s mini pepperoni are:

  • From humanely raised turkey and pork, given a 100% vegetarian diet
  • Lower in fat, sodium and sugar than conventional pepperoni
  • Free of nitrates & nitrites, all preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, gluten, casein

They’re also delicious!


Over the weekend we had a little build-your-own-pizza party (just the 3 of us + my dad).

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We used whole wheat dough, mozzarella & provolone cheeses, both the turkey and pork pepperoni, and of course lots of veggie toppings…and loved it all!

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Want to have a pizza-making night of your own, courtesy of Applegate?!

Here’s how to win

Leave a comment below with your favorite pizza toppings and be entered to win this pizza kit, which would be delivered right to your door!

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Giveaway winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday night February 26, 2014. Good luck!

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    Dawn Thomas
    February 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Fave pizza toppings at the moment… fig, caramelized onion, fresh goat cheese, balsamic topped with fresh cilantro. So good!

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      Amelia Winslow
      February 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Wow. I’ve never thought of combining these ingredients with cilantro. Sounds wonderful!!

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    Holly G.
    February 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Pepperoni and mushrooms are my favorites!

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    Tracy E
    February 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    We love chicken with spinach, roma tomatoes, garlic, red onion, mozzarella, all on a pesto base. It’s amazing!

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    Becky P.
    February 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I love plain cheese or combos that feature tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, onions, and extra crispy pepperoni. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Love spinach, green peppers, and onions! Homemade pizza is one of my favorite, easy, go to meals!

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    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    February 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    My favorite toppings are spinach, mushrooms, black olives, and possibly even some pepperoni

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I love fresh mozzarella tomato and basil on my homemade pizzas.

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Greek salad topping…shredded lettuce, kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onions, goat cheese and splash of olive oil…yum!!!

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings vary, either black olives and pepperoni, pineapple and ham or fresh basil, mozzerella and tomatoes!!! Yours all look amazing!

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I”m not one to turn down any pizza, but my go to toppings are mushrooms, onions and olives.

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    Mary Jo Rosso
    February 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Mushrooms, arugula, smoked salmon, ricotta cheese…

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    February 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Pineapple is my absolute favorite!

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    Amanda P
    February 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I love tomatos, mozarella, and basil pizza!

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    i love pesto, mushrooms, and pepperoni.

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Sausage is our family favorite

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    Emily S
    February 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I love mushrooms and peppers on my pizzas!

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I love kale or chard on my pizza. I put it under the cheese and the little parts that sneak through get crispy!

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I love a traditional fresh basil/tomato/mozzarella, but I love to add artichoke hearts and a mountain of fresh arugula!

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love having mushrooms and bell peppers with goat cheese!

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    Kate N
    February 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    For me, it has got to be artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta! +Red pepper flakes and garlic, of course!

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    Debbie Jackson
    February 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    We love to put everything on 3 kinds of meat, onions, peppers, olives and tons of cheese.

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I would have to say that I like the regular pizza – pepperoni and cheese. I really want to try some of your suggestions though and make it healthier. Thanks for the chance to win some fun things to make pizza!

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      Amelia Winslow
      February 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      You would love Applegate’s pepperoni then – it’s perfect for those who love traditional pizza flavors but want something healthier too!

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    My favorite pizza is Hawaiian with pineapple and Canadian Bacon. Yum!

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    February 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I am a fan of pesto, feta cheese, mushrooms, onions, peppers…any veggies really!

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    Ellen S`
    February 25, 2014 at 4:34 am

    My favorite toppings are spinach, onions, pepperonis, and of course lots of cheese!

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    February 25, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Our favorite pizza toppings are usually green olives, spinach, mozzarella, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes. We’re also fans of the hummus pizza with spinach, black olives, tomatoes and feta.

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      Amelia Winslow
      February 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Hummus pizza? Such a great idea! Do you spread it on after baking the crust? Love this.

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    Allison Galassie
    February 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

    My favorite toppings are black and green olives!

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I love all veggies on my pizza (but NO olives!). I also like pepperoni and sausage ๐Ÿ™‚ Your pizza looks delicious!

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Carmelized onions, provolone cheese, bbq sauce and grilled chicken! Yum!

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I like lots of veggies on my pizza! Mushrooms, green pepper, onion, tomatoes!!

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Love lots of veggies and olives.

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    Erica M.
    February 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Love to top my homemade pizza with some spicy banana peppers,

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I recently made a healthier pizza w homemade whole wheat dough, homemade pizza sauce that included blended veggies in it, then topped w sliced zuccs, a little spicy sausage, some halved cherry toms & avocado slices & then just a few slices of fresh mozzarella. The avocado helps give it a creaminess so you don’t need as much cheese. It was super yummy!

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      Amelia Winslow
      February 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Love the avocado idea! Such a great swap for cheese!

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    wendy spencer
    February 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love to load mine with homemade marinara and as many veggies as possible!

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      Amelia Winslow
      February 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Homemade marinara – now you’re talking!

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    February 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I have a tie for my favorite combos. On one, I love Pepperoni and Green Peppers, and on the other I am a huge fan of grilled chicken, BBQ Sauce and fresh Cheddar Cheese

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    Rachel Masters
    February 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni, chicken, roasted garlic and a homemade olive tapenade! Yummy!

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    Alicia N.
    February 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives!

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    February 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Spinach, tomato, and feta. Yum!

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    Cindy A.
    February 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    My current favorite is chicken, BBQ sauce, and sharp cheddar. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway.

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    claire Farren
    February 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Hot banana peppers, sun dried tomatoes, some blue cheese, pepperoni-real or turkey, fresh basical and thinly sliced tomatoes. so good!

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I love homemade pizza! My favorite toppings as of late are spinach, broccoli, eggplant, and sun dried tomatoes!

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    My favs are mushroom, black olives, sliced tomatoes, red onions and rounded out with a sprinkle sausage pieces on gluten free pizza dough. Thank you!

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    My favorite toppings are mushrooms and jalapeรฑo ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I load my pizza with all veggies, lots of sauce and light cheese.

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    February 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Yumm! I love any kind of veggies. Recently made an asparagus and feta pizza, and it was amazing! Artichoke hearts are always a great addition, too!

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    Lester Vaine
    May 25, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I like veggies on my pizza. I love also Pepperoni and sausage. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ellen H.
    August 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    It was nice that you used lots of veggie toppings to make your pepperoni pizza extra healthy. Actually, I’m planning to have a pizza dinner with my husband. We are both health conscious, so we’re looking for healthy ways to eat pizzas. I will make sure to consider all your tips when we order our takeout pizzas.

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