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Snack Pizzas

Using herbs and spices for flavoring decreases the need for added salt. Tomato paste is a highly concentrated version of tomatoes. It contains the carotenoid lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to have cancer preventing properties.

Serves: 4 slices


1/2lb lean ground beef 

1 medium onion 

1/2 cup chopped green pepper 

1 clove garlic, minced 

1 can (6oz) tomato paste 

3/4 cup water 

4.5 tsp minced fresh oregano (or 1.5 tsp dried oregano) 

1.5 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme) 

1/2 tsp fennel seed 

1/2 tsp garlic powder 

36 slices snack rye bread 

1/2 cup grated parmasean cheese 



In a skillet, brown beef, onion, green pepper and garlic; drain. Add tomato paste, water and seasonings; cook over low heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.  Spread 1 Tablespoon on each slice of bread. Place on ungreased baking sheet; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Tip: Whenever a recipe calls for fresh herbs, you may use approximately 1/3 the amount of dried herbs.