Recipe: The Pizza that is Safe to Make and Eat While You are Pregnant
The Pro-Pregnancy Pizza
This Pizza Recipe is Pregnancy Safe and Healthy
Pregnant women have to give up many of the foods and drinks they love, but pizza doesn't have to be one of them. This pro-pregnancy pizza recipe has many of the foods pregnant women need to eat and none of the ones they shouldn't.
First, let's review nutrition during pregnancy dos and don'ts. Pregnant women need to eat calcium, whole grains, omega-3s, and green vegetables. They need to avoid processed foods such as pepperoni and sausage cured with nitrites.
These varieties of pizza accomplish all the dos and don'ts and still make a delicious pizza.
Whole Grain, Omega-3 Pizza Crust
2 cups bread flour (I think King Arthur Brand is best)
1 cup whole grain flour
1 tsp of dry yeast (sometimes sold as bread machine yeast)
1 tsp of salt
1 Tbs of olive oil
1 Tbs of honey (substitute brown rice syrup or barley malt for a vegan dough)
1 cup of cold milk (vegan=water)
1 Tbs of flax seed
Stir the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients slowly while stirring. This is easier if you have a stand mixer, but stirring by hand will do. It can be a great work our for your arms.
Once everything is combined, test the tackiness of the dough. It should feel a little wet and sticky. If it doesn't have any give to it, add a bit more milk or water.
Once the dough comes together, knead it on a floured surface or continue its mixing in the stand mixer on low. Do this for 10 minutes. The dough should begin to feel springy and resilient. When you push a finger in, it should slowly spring back. If it doesn't keep kneading. It's hard to over knead a pizza dough.
Let the dough sit in an oiled bowl in the fridge for at least 24-hours. It can wait up to 72-hours.
Classic Pizza Sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tb. of Italian spices (oregano, basil, rosemary mixed)
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on low for 30 minutes. This does not require much attention and it can be done in large batches and frozen.
If you are worried about using canned ingredients. This can be done from scratch using plum tomatoes.
Pregnancy Healthy Pizza Toppings
Much of the nutrition in this pizza comes from the toppings.
1 cup of whole milk mozzarella
1/2 cup cooked spinach
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped peppers
You don't have to use all of these toppings, but all of them are great for pregnancy. The mozzarella has calcium, the spinach, vitamin A, the peppers, vitamin C, the mushrooms, antioxidants and great flavor.
If you are still craving meat on your pizza, look for natural meats that contain no preservatives. Also, experiment with ground turkey and chicken.
Assembling and Cooking Your Pro-Pregnancy Pizza
Roll out your dough in a circle. Top with 2 Tbs. of sauce (or more or less if you like). Add toppings and, using a pizza peel, slide the pizza into a 450 degree oven onto a hot pizza stone. Pizza should be done in 15 minutes, but keep an eye on it because all ovens are different.
If you don't have a pizza stone yet, now is the time to get one. It really does make difference.
Enjoy your pizza.