Pizzas, burgers, burritos—kids adore these fast foods, and so does Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn. Here, he challenges himself to create healthy versions.

July 01, 2010

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Since all kids love pizza, Mendelsohn makes a whole-wheat pie topped, nacho-style, with chili-spiced black-bean puree, lettuce, tomatoes and a little low-fat Jack cheese and sour cream. Some version of it will probably be on the menu at We, the Pizza, which he's about to open next door to Good Stuff Eatery. (It's a busy time for Mendelsohn; he also just published The Good Stuff Cookbook.) He hasn't named a pie for the President or First Lady yet, but he thinks the Obamas will still visit. "We're only a 15-minute drive from the White House. In a presidential motorcade, they can get here in two minutes. And if I put a helipad on the roof, they could get here even quicker.

3 More Fast and Healthy Recipes

1. Vegetable-Frittata Pie

Sauté carrots, potatoes, spinach, zucchini and garlic chives with fresh tomatoes and sliced basil. Add a mixture of beaten whole eggs and egg whites and bake in a skillet.

2. Turkey-and-Apple Sandwiches

Layer pieces of turkey breast ("I love the idea of roasting your own turkey," says Mendelsohn) with Granny Smith apple and cucumber slices on whole-wheat bread. Spread with low-fat mayonnaise mixed with mustard.

3. Herbed Chicken Fingers

Coat thick strips of chicken breast with panko bread crumbs mixed with finely chopped thyme and rosemary. Sauté in a little olive oil, then roast in the oven.

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