Oven Baked HEALTHY Pizza!
We temporarily interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a visit from Healthy Gal So, about two weeks ago I shared with you how you can make Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and for as little as pennies per loaf!! Seriously!! I absolutely LOVE my healthy bread book!
So, because I am a mommy of two young children and I totally get the fact that there are laterally just not enough hours in the day, I wanted to show you how busy people can include healthy, low cost meals that are speedy to prepare! Since dough turns into flatbread in little to no time, it’s perfect for baking pizzas! It needs little or no resting time and it bakes in a short period of time! Plus, pizza is a great way to get kiddos to eat whole grains and not even notice. The toppings do a great job of tricking their taste buds and even yours too!
I used the 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil recipe (on page 81), but for those of you who don’t own this book, I have great news! You can use the FREE Whole Grain Recipe that the authors of this book were kind enough to offer on their website.
Make your bread in 5 min. using the free recipe the night before you want to make the pizza. I’ll show you how simple it really is to make healthy pizza!
1. Preheat your oven to 550° with a baking stone placed in the bottom third of your oven.
2. Cut off a 1 lb. (grapefruit sized) piece of your dough.
3. Dust the surface of the dough with flour and quickly shape it into a ball.
4. On a flower dusted wooden pizza peel, flatten the dough with your hands and a rolling pin until it is about 1/8 in. thick. I used plastic wrap to help do this, but you don’t have to.
5. Cover the top of your pizza with pizza sauce (home made or store bought) I use the Ragu pizza sauce because it is only $.98 at my Winco. Top the sauce with mozzarella cheese and add the toppings of your choice.
6. Slide your pizza onto your baking stone and bake for 8-12 min. *Keep your exhaust fan on because the flour will cause a little smoke.
7. Healthy dinner is served in just 20 min.!!
Did you really think I was going to just leave it at that? I’m never done talking…haha… No, but really, I wanted to share with you some healthy alternatives to keep in mind when you are choosing toppings for your pizza:
1. I use 2% Milk Mozzarella Cheese. It has no saturated fat compared to the 3 grams of fat regular cheese does, not to mention that it also has zero grams of fat and about 20 less calories.
2. I use Turkey Pepperoni.Turkey pepperoni has about 70% less fat than regular pepperoni and the Hormel Brand (which is what I use) tastes very good! I hardly notice a difference except that my pizza isn’t covered in grease when it’s done baking.
3. I use Fruit & Veggies. Adding fruit and veggies to your pizza is great for obvious health reasons, but it also adds color (making it appear more appealing) and it also adds more flavor without adding fat!
*Disclaimer: Never start a new diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copyright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.
Until next time…