I am going to show you how you can prepare a healthy pizza recipe that your entire family will love. Even the pickiest eaters can be converted. And if you decide to tell them that what they are eating is healthy, they won’t believe you.
The first step in making a healthy pizza is to make a healthy crust. White flour crusts are so unhealthy. They can cause irregularity and blood sugar problems among many other issues. If we just change that part of the pizza, we can make a huge difference in how it affects our bodies.
The next step is to eliminate the pepperoni and sausage. That sounds like a death sentence to a pizza, doesn’t it? Trust me, it doesn’t have to be. The calories and fat in these two ingredients are very high, and very unnecessary to make a delicious pizza.
I brown a package of ground turkey, and spice it with Fennel seeds. They give it an awesome Italian flavor that, in my opinion, far surpasses anything you could get from sausage or pepperoni. If you don’t like the flavor of fennel, try basil, parsley, or oregano.
Ground turkey is much lower in fat than ground beef, so it will stick to the pan as you prepare it. Instead of using oil to keep it from sticking, I use water. When it is finished cooking, drain off any extra water, and add your spices.
For my sauce, I use canned spaghetti sauce. It is not as thick as the pizza sauce, but my family cannot tell the difference. I am certain that it is not as healthy as something I could prepare from scratch. I just like the convenience too much. Someday I plan to learn to make my own.
Now chop up a variety of vegetables. I like to use onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, leaf spinach, and olives. It is good to get lots of different colors onto your pizza. It makes it healthier and more interesting to your kids.
If your kids are extremely picky eaters and you want to get really sneaky, put your vegetables in a blender with your sauce, and blend away. They won’t know the difference. Just make sure they don’t see you do it. And get rid of the evidence as quickly as possible.
You have many choices when it comes to cheese. I like to use Monterey Jack, mozzarella, cheddar, or sharp cheddar, but there are no definite rules. Experiment and see what you like to use. Read the nutrition information and compare the fat content. Lower fat cheese is always better when you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. I try to go light on the cheese as well. It is so easy to put on too much and greatly increase your calorie intake.
Now I am going to give you the crust recipe I like to use. This is my family’s favorite crust. It has a combination of white flour and wheat flour. I like to increase the wheat and decrease the white, but it is really depends on what your family will eat. The more wheat flour you use, the heavier the crust will be. It is more filling. But if your kids are used to white flour, you might want to gradually change the recipe to get them used to it.
Pizza Crust Recipe
You will need:
1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees)
1 Tbsp. honey
1 ¾ tsp. active dry yeast
2 ½ cups white flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 tsp. dried rosemary
½ cup tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Pour the water into a small bowl and dissolve the honey and yeast in it. Let it stand for about 10 minutes until the yeast is creamy.
In a mixing bowl, combine the white flour, wheat flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Add the water with the yeast, the tomato sauce, and olive oil. Stir well.
When the dough has pulled together, knead it for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
Oil a large bowl, place the dough into the bowl and roll it around to cover it with oil. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set it in a warm place so the dough will rise. In about one hour, it should be doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Take the dough out of the bowl and divide it into two pieces. Form them into balls and let them sit, covered, on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes.
Roll the dough out to make two pizza crusts. Prepare with your sauce and toppings. Bake on lightly oiled pizza pans for about 12 minutes.
My pizza recipe was inspired by a recipe from Allrecipes.com under the name Pizza Crust Fantastico