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Homemade Pizza Recipe, Simple and Fast!
Where Did This Idea Come From?
Recently I sat down and realized how much take-out my family was eating. Its not always something you catch onto unless you are paying close attention. Had to go grocery shopping, pull though the drive through. Late for work, pull though the drive through. Too lazy to cook, pull though the drive though. In an effort to end this cycle I have started researching alternative foods that I can make at home, food that not only tastes good but saves our health and our wallets. I'm going to share these with you today in hopes that you can have a small improvement in your lives as well.
What a great go to food! Pizza is usually affordable and tasty with a wide variety of toppings giving you endless possibilities to a meal. What if you could just make it at home quick and tasty. Sounds like winning idea to me!
Remember if you are going for a healthier alternative there are a few choices you can make that will help. First choose the option of whole wheat crust, lots of yummy fiber and nutrients that will help with weight maintenance and or loss. Secondly I have made this recipe with as little as 1/2 tsp of salt, so if you are looking to cut the salt back feel free to do so. Next the sauce, also choose a low sodium sauce with natural ingredients and no preservatives. Canned food really doesn't need these if it is canned properly. Instead of sauce sliced tomatoes work amazingly, I find Roma tomatoes are a little less juicy and provide a great flavour. Thinking meat, think lean! Instead of loading your pizza up with bacon and high fat pepperoni, use turkey pepperoni or fresh cooked chicken. Lastly its cheese time. If you want all the cheese flavour and less calories try a mix of Mozzarella and Parm cheeses. The Mozzarella will all the stringiness you want and the Parm will add tonnes of flavour.
I usually use; tomatoes instead of sauce, spinach, red pepper, onion, bean sprouts and mozzarella cheese. Pick your favourites or try new combinations!
- 3/4 cup Water, lukewarm
- 1 tsp Active-dry or instant yeast
- 2 cups Flour, whole wheat or white depending on your preference
- 1 tsp Salt, I like using half garlic salt, half sea salt
- 1 tsp Mixed Italian herbs, You can use any herb that you feel goes well with pizza
- Sauce, To liking.
- Veggies, To liking
- Cheese, To liking
- Meat, To liking.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees on bake. Mix flour of choice and salt in a bowl with herbs.
- Mix lukewarm water (needs to be warm to activate yeast but not so hot that it will kill it) and yeast in a bowl.
- Give yeast 2 - 3 minutes to start to activate, it will mix with the water and no longer look like little beads.
- Add liquid mixture to flour, salt and herb mixture.
- Mix with hands until a loose ball of dough is formed.
- No rising needed! divide ball into 2 equal parts.
- Use your choice of oil, I like olive, and lightly grease your pan.
- Stretch dough until it is your desired crust thickness. Thicker crust will take longer to cook.
- Top with your choice of sauce, meat, veggies and cheese.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 10 - 20 minutes depending on how thick you have made the crust and how many topping you have added. Check regularly to avoid over cooking. crust is cooked when it is brown on edges and bottom.