Homemade Pizza Recipe: Making Pizza Healthy
Making Pizza at Home: a Quick and Easy Way to Turn Pizza Into a Healthy & Delicious Meal
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Getting from Sabotaging Junk Food Pizza to Healthy Pizza Recipes You’ll Cherish
Pizza is one of the all time favorites of many people, including myself, but it is also one of those tricky meals that can totally sabotage our health.
Typically, fast food pizzas are packed with simple carbohydrates and saturated fat, have zero fiber content, enclose completely unnecessary and huge calorie content, and are very poor in nutrients.
As a health oriented foodie and contradictory guilty pizza lover (although I must admit I am much more of a gourmet pizza fan than a Domino´s enthusiast), I have come up with a very healthy, packed with nutrients, quick and easy homemade pizza recipe that anybody can make at home.
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Making Pizza & Healthy Generosity
Making pizza at home can be a fun thing to do with family and friends:
- Have a “Kids Cook Monday”: your kids will be very happy to construct their own deliciously healthy food "work of art", and very proud to be a "pita pizza chef".
- Invite your partner for a romantic homemade pizza dinner…..
- Have a friends “cook-along” and share your creations.
Cook Time for the Special Spiced-Up Tomato Sauce
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Yields: 2 cups of special spiced-up tomatoe sauce
Special Spiced-Up Tomato Sauce
- 6 big tomatoes
- 14 chiles de arbol
- 1 clove of garlic
- Salt to taste
- Roast the tomatoes and garlic in the grill mode of your oven. If you haven´t got one, you can roast them in the stove, using a flat griddle. The idea is to burn the tomatoes´skin all around. Once they are black from one side, turn them to roast from another side and so on (until they are almost fully roasted). Do not burn the garlic! It should be only lightly roasted.
- Toast the chiles de arbol in a pan on high heat for a few minutes. Remove all stalks and seeds. If you feel it´s going to be very hot, you can add less chiles de arbol.
- Peel the tomatoes.
- Place the peeled tomatoes, seeded chiles de arbol, garlic and salt to taste in a blender. Blend until it becomes a smooth paste.
Crucial factors for making pizza the healthy AND delicious way:
- Spice up the tomato sauce you´ll use for your homemade pizza. My secret ingredient to do just that: “chile de arbol” (read on for the "special spiced-up tomato sauce" recipe).
- Forget about making pizza dough for the base, it is packed with refined carbohydrates and it takes far too much effort… (of course, buying a premade base is out of the question!). Instead, use whole wheat pita bread, once toasted, it will become the perfect, fiber rich, nutritious, thin and crunchy layer: an ideal foundation for all the other ingredients.
- If you are making a, for example, mushroom pizza, don´t just put 6 or 8 mushroom slices, pack the whole pizza with the meaty champignons, they will make it juicier, far better tasting and absolutely healthier.
- Top your pizza with some sprouts or arugula.
This might sound too simple, but one of the key factors to making pizza the healthy way is the other food and/or drink we eat our pizza with:
- If you are having pizza with a gallon of Coke and a heap full of chips: utterly sabotaging….
- If you are having your homemade pita pizza with a mixed green raw salad: absolutely aligned with your health, and thoroughly enjoyable; both your taste buds and body will be happy.
Once you have: (a) a perfectly suitable, thin and crunchy base, (b) a rich, flavorful, spiced-up tomato sauce, and (c) loads of mushrooms (or whatever other fiber, mineral and vitamin rich vegetable you´ve decided to include as the stellar ingredient in your vegetarian pizza), you won´t need a ridiculous amount of cheese to make your pizza taste absolutely mouth-watering. This simple fact will make your homemade pizza fat content far smaller than the junk food version.
Homemade Pizza Recipe
I have chosen 3 different healthy pizza recipes out of an infinite repertoire of pizza possibilities that should give you inspiration and ideas from which to develop your own favorite pita pizza creations.
In line with the health-oriented aspect of this article, all of the alternatives are vegetarian pita pizzas, which are lighter, as well as easier on your digestive system.
The three pita pizza versions that follow make one single serving (1 pita pizza), please multiply ingredients by the number of guests in your family/friends healthy pizza cook-along.
Pita Pizza Alternative #1: The "Spiced-Up Mushroom & Goat Cheese Pita Pizza"
NOTE: I am giving the list of ingredient with exact quantities just as a reference, it doesn´t really mean that you have to weigh and measure up everything and follow this recipe with such precision. As long as you don´t exaggerate with the cheese, it is not an exact science.
The important thing here really, is to add a generous layer of mushrooms to the pizza (as opposed to a few slices as every other pizza you will encounter), that is the key thing to keep in mind, and the one which will make the significant difference.
Pizza Cooking Time: Once you have the spiced up tomato sauce ready in your fridge, you´ll get the pizza ready in less than 20 minutes.
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Making Pizza Agree with Your General Well Being
- 1 whole wheat pita bread
- 5-6 mushrooms, sliced
- 2 Tbsp special spiced-up tomato sauce, previously prepared
- 1 oz (30g) soft goat cheese
- 1 oz (30g) mozzarella cheese, (or other cheese that melts well and gets nicely brown)
- Salt & Pepper
Toast the pita bread in a flat griddle or “comal” you can place in the oven afterwards.
- Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms, grate the mozzarella cheese and cut a chunk of soft goat cheese (about the size of a thick cookie, half an inch thick by a 2 inch diameter).
- Once the pita bread is toasted, turn of the stove and proceed layering it:
- Cover the pita bread with the spiced up tomato sauce you have prepared in advance.
- Place a thick layer of sliced mushrooms on top of it, be generous. The mushroom´s moist nature together with the chili-tomato sauce will make your pizza juicy and very tasty.
- Season the mushroom layer with salt and pepper.
- Break up the goat cheese in chunks and place randomly on top of the mushroom "sheet".
These lumps of fresh cheese give texture and are a pleasant surprise to the palate.
- Cover with the grated mozzarella cheese.
- Place the pita pizza in the top rack of your oven and grill until the cheese melts and becomes slightly brown (about 3-5 minutes once the grill is hot).
Eat with a nice and abundant mixed greens raw salad.
Mexican Pita Pizza Construction
Mexican Vegetable "Huauzontle"
Pita Pizza Alternative #2: The “Mexican” Pita Pizza Construction
- 1 whole wheat pita bread
- 2 Huauzontle stems
- 2 Tbsp special spiced-up tomato sauce
- 1 oz (30g) soft fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 oz (30g) grated provolone cheese
- Salt & Pepper
Huauzontle is an edible Mexican vegetable, related to the common American weed goosefoot, which vaguely resembles broccoli in that it has small, round shaped leaves; however, the Huauzontle´s stems are much thinner and support fewer, loosely packed leaves (see picture on the right for reference).
Huauzontle has a very earthy pleasant taste, somewhere between spinach and broccoli, but quite unique.
- Take the leaves off the stem.
- Give them a rinse.
- Cook them in a pan with a bit of water for 3-5 minutes (or microwave for 3 minutes also with a couple tablespoons water).
Once the huauzontle is cooked, follow the same cooking instructions for pita pizza alternative #1, but using the ingredients for the Mexican Pita Pizza Construction instead.
Homemade Pizza Recipe #3
Homemade Pesto Tastes Better
There will never be a point of comparison between store-bought and homemade pesto; the taste of basil, pine nuts and olive oil is much more present and richer if you make it at home and your “Pesto, Zucchini and Tofu” pita pizza will taste 100% better: Homemade Pesto Recipe.
Pita Pizza Alternative #3: Pesto, Zucchini & Tofu Pita Pizza
- 1 whole wheat pita bread
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 Tbsp special spiced-up tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp Pesto
- 4.4 oz (125g) Firm Pressed Tofu
- 1 oz (30g) mozzarella cheese
- Toast the pita bread in a flat griddle or "comal".
- Cut the zucchini in thick slices.
- Cut enough slices of tofu to cover up the surface of the pita bread.
- Once the pita bread is toasted, turn off the stove and cover the pita pizza base with a generous amount of the spiced-up tomato sauce you have prepared in advance.
- Place a layer of tofu and season lightly with salt (the pesto and cheese are already salty).
- Spread some pesto over the tofu.
- Place a layer of zucchini slices.
- Top with mozzarella cheese.
- Place in the top rack of your oven and grill until the cheese melts and becomes slightly brown (about 3-5 minutes once the grill is hot).
- Eat with a nice and abundant mixed greens raw salad.
An Alternative Healthy Pizza Base
A very good alternative for a healthy homemade pizza base are Ezekiel´s sprouted grain tortillas: organic, 100% flourless, a complete source of protein, even higher in fiber than whole wheat pita bread and delicious.
They are thick and sturdy, which makes them resistant enough as a pizza base substitute.