Healthy Vegetable Pizza | Recipe

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This weekend I was joined by two of my girlfriends, Amanda and Laura. I love spending time with them they’re fun to be with and share my love of healthy food. We wanted to make pizza with a healthy spin, and this is what we came up with. I hope you will give it a try!

Vegetable Pizza

Healthy Vegetable Pizza

  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Zucchini
  • Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • Onion
  • Fresh basil
  • Red peppers
  • Olives
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasonings
  • Garlic salt
  1. Slick eggplant, zucchini, onion, and red peppers thinly.
  2. Place these vegetables on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  3. Broil the vegetables until they start to brown. Transfer to a plate. You will have to do a few cookie sheets of vegetables.
  4. Pre-heat the oven, with the pizza stone inside, to 400° F.
  5. Place whole wheat pizza dough on the pizza stone and top dough with a generous amount of sauce.
  6. Work with one vegetable at a time, place eggplant filling in a circle on top of the sauce, then do the same with the zucchini, onions, peppers, olives, and mushrooms.
  7. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese or sprinkle or a bit of Parmesan cheese if you want a healthier version.
  8. Add your favorite seasonings.
  9. Bake in the oven until top has browned. Approximately 25-30 minutes. I find that it’s better to use my nose and eyes to tell when the pizza is done rather than a clock.

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Vegetable Pizza

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Tomato Spinach Pizza | Recipe

Recently, I posted a recipe from my sister, Lacie, for bruchetta pizza. Today she is sharing a different pizza recipe for Tomato Spinach Pizza. I can’t wait to make it!

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • Can of Italian tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. On flat pizza dough, spread can of tomatoes evenly on the dough.
  2. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on pizza along with chopped spinach and basil.
  3. Cook pizza in the oven at 425 F for 15-20 min, or until pizza is golden brown and cheese has melted.

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Bruschetta Pizza | Recipe

Just when you thought pizza couldn’t be any more amazing. This is a recipe from my sister Lacie, who is a bruschetta pizza expert. I love this pizza and I think you will too.

If you have a bread machine, you can make the dough in the machine. If you do not, grocery stores often sell dough as well as your local pizzeria.

Bruschetta Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic
  • Mozzarella Cheese
Directions:
  1. On flat pizza dough, drizzle olive oil, use spoon and spread evenly on the dough.
  2. Slice tomatoes thin and place around on the pizza.
  3. Chop basil and garlic, sprinkle on top.
  4. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on pizza.
  5. Cook pizza in the oven at 425 F for 15-20 min, or until pizza is golden brown and cheese has melted.

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Pizza

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

Kathy is talking about pizza this week and making it healthy.

I am a firm believer that making your own food is the best way to insure what you are eating is healthy.  So many recipes can be adjusted to make it healthier.  Even your favorite foods.

One of our family favorites is pizza!  You just need to modify it a bit.  First I start of with the pizza crust. One of my favorite appliances in my kitchen is my bread maker.  I use it at least once a week.  I make my own dough with the pizza dough setting.  With just  few simple ingredients, you can make your own dough for just cents.  I always try to use wheat flour with bread flour.  I do blend the two, I haven’t found an all wheat flour dough that I really like.  I keep trying though.  I like to add a little oregano to my dough before it begins mixing for a little extra flavor.

Your toppings are what makes your pizza.  I have totally changed what I put on it.  I must say though, I am having a tough time trying to convince my husband that pizza can be delicious without pepperoni.  What I did though was to buy turkey pepperoni.  Honestly, I didn’t realize that there was such a thing.  It only has 4 grams of fat in something like 15 slices.  Not too bad.  If you have a family that must have pepperoni, you may want to give it a try.  My husband told me that he didn’t notice the difference.

I love veggies on mine.  I continue to try new ones as well.  I like to use red peppers, some onions, black olives, pepper rings, grilled chicken, pineapple.  You can use mushrooms as well, I am just not a fan of those.  I switch off from using the standard pizza sauce with a can of diced tomatoes, drained.  I just spread then tomatoes on the dough and add my toppings.  The list of toppings is endless!  I like to experiment.  If you don’t like them, you can take them off.  The last pizza that I made had grilled chicken, sliced black olives, a little garlic, red pepper flakes and raw broccoli.    Yes, I tried broccoli!  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I had it in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.  I use very little mozzarella cheese, just enough to hold everything together.  I have to say, the broccoli was very good!  I have had cauliflower on pizza before and thought that was delicious so I gave the broccoli a try.

When I know that I am making pizza for dinner, I don’t have any bread throughout the day.  I also roll my dough very thin to have a thin crust.  That way I can have a couple of pieces if I choose.  Everything else on the pizza is healthy so the extra piece isn’t too bad.  Once again, I would watch the amount of cheese that I put on and I try to use the mozzarella made with skim milk.

When you are making changes to your diet, you don’t want to cut out things that you truly enjoy.  You just want to make some changes.  Small changes can give you big results.  Enjoyable food, feeling better and weight loss, what could be better than that!

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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How To Make a Healthy Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods, I call my homemade pizza Mama Lindsay’s! And although pizza often gets a bad wrap as an unhealthy food, it can be as healthy as you want to make it! Here are a few ideas to put together a healthy and delicious pizza.

  • Cut back on cheese – When I first made pizza, I used to use the entire bag of cheese I had bought at the grocery store. As tasty as it is, cheese tends to have a lot of calories and fat. If you make your pizza the right way, you wont miss the extra mozzarella. One way to add flavor is to….
  • Add lots of flavorful vegetables – The more veggies the better! I like to use this as an opportunity to empty my fridge. Do you have half of a red onion? some miscellaneous broccoli? a can of pineapples in the cabinet? Throw it on! If you have left over grilled chicken you can add that too. The more vegetables you add the less cheese you need, resulting in more flavor and less calories and fat! If you’re feeling adventurous, skip the cheese all together, and cover your pie with vegetables.
  • Check your sauce – Just like pasta sauce, pizza sauce can have added sugar. Sugar is in a lot of foods and we don’t think about it. This is an opportunity to cut out the extra sugar. If you can’t find a sauce you like; open a can of diced tomatoes and drain them or use a cup of crushed tomatoes. Another idea is to make a white pizza with sliced tomatoes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Spice up your pizza with seasonings – Break in the spice rack and start using spices or try using fresh basil or oregano. This is an easy way to add flavor without added calories and fat. Be sure to choose like spices and don’t go over board. I enjoy crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, oregano, black pepper.
  • Change up your crust – If you make your own crust, substitute whole wheat flour into your recipe. If you buy your dough, stores now offer wheat pizza dough. Try it! Something to keep in mind is to roll the dough until it is thin, this will both cut back on gratuitous carbohydrates and provide a nice crispy crust.
  • Pair your pie with a green salad – This isn’t a tip for the pizza but it will help you eat one less slice. If you make a green garden salad and have it with your first slice, I’m willing to bet you will eat one less slice of pizza. You’ll feel better about pizza night and at the same time adding veggie nutrients and antioxidants to your meal.

Do you make your own pizza? What do you do to make to make your pizza healthy? Do you eat a green salad with your meals? I’d love to hear your pizza making ideas!

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