Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From Scratch: Pizza!

Pizza is a wonderful meal. You get your carbs, your dairy, your protein, and your veggies in one. or rather, on top of one another...

Anyways, take out pizza is a great last minute dinner but is not very healthy no matter what you decided to leave on or off the greasy meal.

But homemade pizza can be a nutritious option and you can enjoy it that much more knowing you made it from scratch!
So roll up those sleeves and make some!


2 1/4 yeast (or 1 pkt), active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/4 cup water 110 degrees *
1/4 cup canola oil 
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup wheat flour,
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 

1 can tomato paste, 6 oz
1/2 onion, minced
1 tbs olive oil 
6 oz of water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/8th tsp pepper, and crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder, basil, cumin, and chili powder

Toppings (all optional-you choose what you want) 
2 cups mozzarella cheese, low fat
1 cup turkey pepperoni
tomato slices
2 strips of bacon, chopped

* microwave water for 1 min 10 sec to reach ~temp 


Combine yeast, water, and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 5 min. Add oil and salt, combine. Add in Flour and mix until soft dough forms. 
Turn dough onto a floured surface and kneed for 2-3 min. 
Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 45 min (will double in size). 
Meanwhile, start sauce
Punch dough down, roll/press into a greased 10x15in pan or separate into 2 doughs and  roll/press into (2) greased 12in pizza pans.

In a sauce pan heat oil on medium heat. Saute onions until tender. Stir in tomato paste and water. Season with sugar, salt pepper, garlic powder, basil, cumin chili powder, and crushed red peppers.
Simmer for 15-20 min on medium low.
Return to finish dough. 

Preheat oven to 400
Once dough is ready, top with sauce--leaving about 1 inch of dough around the edges-- and desired toppings: Cheese first, then the rest, as desired. 

Gently brush 1 inch edge of dough with a little olive oil. 

Bake for 15-20 min until crust is a light golden brown. 

Slice and Server with a side salad and you have meal under 400 cal!


Nutritional Info
*Based on the 10x15 inch pizza, 8 slices
Serving, 1 slice (large)
 344 cal * 44 carb * 1 sat fat * 17 g protein * 3 g fiber

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