Pizza is an inherently unhealthy food, with the thick, carbolicious crust, loads of fattening, greasy cheese, and tons of typically fatty toppings like sausage, pepperoni, etc, but if you make it at home, you can control what goes in it and what goes on it.
I love making pizza from scratch. The dough is so quick and easy to make, you don’t even need a bread maker. Be sure to use half whole wheat flour (for that extra fiber) and half white flour, low-moisture, low-fat mozzarella cheese, and lots of healthy veggies as opposed to greasy meats. If you want meat, opt for turkey pepperoni as opposed to regular pepperoni; it only has half the fat and calories!
Here’s how I make my pizza at home:
-1 packet dry active yeast (.25 oz)
-1 tsp white sugar
-t cup warm water
-2.5 cups flour (I use half white, and half whole wheat, so 1.25 cups each)
-1 tsp salt
-2 tbsp olive oil
-3 tbsp Italian Seasoning (or any combo of your favorite herbs)
-low-moisture, low-fat mozzarella cheese
-tomato sauce (I use Trader Joe’s tomato basil red sauce, which is only 80 cals for a half cup!)
-healthy toppings of your choice
-cookie sheets or pizza stone
-rolling pin (or you can just use your hands/fingers to press the dough onto the baking sheet)
1. Dissolve the dry active yeast and sugar into the cup of warm water for about 10 minutes, until foamy and frothy. (I use a big mixing bowl for this)
2. In a smaller mixing bowl, sift together the flours, salt, and Italian Seasoning.
3. Stir these dry ingredients, as well as the olive oil, into the yeast mixture until the dough holds together. Let rest for at least 5 minutes.
4. Turn the dough out onto a clean countertop or surface and roll into your desired shape, or simply press the dough onto your baking sheet. Be sure to use some extra olive oil to minimally grease the baking sheet, so the dough doesn’t stick to it.
5. Top with red sauce, cheese, then your toppings. Bake for 15+ minutes (until desired golden-brownness) at 425 degrees.
There you have it. Home-made, healthy pizza from scratch!