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March 15, 2011

Healthy Homemade Pizza

Our family has finally settled on a mouth-watering, healthy pizza recipe we all love. I enlist the kid’s help to cut prep time.

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After my diet change 10 years ago, I avoided pizza for several years. Finally I had to find a healthy substitute so my family wasn’t so tempted by the unhealthy store-bought kind. Now I love and prefer our yummy homemade pizza.

Crust Recipe

For 2-3 pizzas, depending on size and thickness.

  • 1 1/2 water, room temp
  • 2 tsp sugar (evaporated cane juice or Sucanat)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white or whole wheat flour
  • 2 C wheat bread flour (or regular, if you don’t have)
  • 1/2 C cornmeal
  • 1 tsp butter or lecithin
  • 1 TB yeast

Combine ingredients in order listed in breadmaker or mixer (if you have one). I usually double this recipe and mix it in my Bosch.

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Dough should be only slightly sticky. If it sticks to the sides of the bowl, add a little more flour.

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Mix for at least 10 minutes, then roll your dough out on a pan that’s greased or has cornmeal sprinkled on it. We like to roll our dough out very thin. Then select your choice of sauce. My favorite is pesto from Costco.

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I always use a pan with sides because the olive oil runs off the dough. I use Pampered Chef stones because they’re easy to clean and produce a nice crust.

 

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The kids like regular tomato sauce (homemade is best), but I buy it canned…

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and add a clove of pressed garlic and a teaspoon of oregano (to 8 oz-we use about 4 oz per pizza).

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Spread the sauce on your dough medium thick.

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I buy veggie pepperoni by the case from Azure Standard. We use one package for the recipe above. I don’t like to eat much processed soy, but it’s healthier then regular pepperoni and since this is all we have in our diet I think it’s okay to eat sparingly.

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I also put pineapple on our pizzas. We like the way it tastes and it’s good for digestion because it has natural enzymes.

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Healthy Toppings

  • Zucchini or yellow squash, sliced or grated
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Tomato slices
  • Broccoli
  • Olives (I love Lindsey’s Naturals brand)
  • Spinach, shredded
  • Chicken (small amounts)
  • Meatless pepperoni (in moderation)
  • Pineapple

What are your favorites?

I usually buy raw cheddar cheese and use it somewhat sparingly. It’s pricey. Cheese is one of the most mucous forming proteins (according to Dr. Christopher), so we eat it in moderation (and avoid it when we’re sick).

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Heat your oven to 425°. If this ends up browning your pizzas too fast, reduce to 400°. Oven temperature and length of cooking time greatly depend on your oven, type of pan used and thickness of crust. We usually bake ours about 18 minutes.

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I like to add slices of zucchini to my pizza or sometimes grate it on before adding the cheese as you can see I’ve done on the ones above. We usually rotate the pizzas halfway through, from upper to lower rack to help cook uniformly.

Bake until cheese is turning slightly brown, which happens better on the top rack, and the crust is cooked all the way through, which happens better on the bottom.

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This is one we made on Valentine’s Day. We rarely have left-overs.

The biggest problem I have with our homemade pizza is eating too much. icon smile Healthy Homemade Pizza

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16 Comments

  1. Tia says:

    Love it!! We really enjoy our homemade pizza as well, I’m going to have to try some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shalynn says:

    This pizza is YUMMY! I’ve tried it and love it. So glad you have the recipe here so I can make it. Where do you buy your evaporated cane juice?

    • momessentials says:

      Costco sometimes carries it or I just order a big bag from the local health food store. Thanks for the compliment!

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Jenni!
    Your pizzas look so Yummy. Can’t wait to make them. We really loved the “Valentine Heart Pizza”. Think tonight we’ll try and make a “Shamrock Shaped Pizza.” Happy St. Patricks, Jenni & Family!
    Lisa & Family

  4. Anna says:

    I have a question. Do you allow your dough to rise for a couple of hours before your roll it out? i was always taught to do that when making pizza.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      I don’t, because I like thin, crispy crust. But if you like it puffier, you should definitely do that. Just check the bottom at the end to make sure it’s cooked enough.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks for the response. Sometimes I am hesitant to make pizza because I always thought I needed the dough to rise for a couple of hours. I prefer thin crust also. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

  5. shalynn says:

    Jenni, would you please post the recipe you used for chex mix…with all the healhy substitutes? That was sooo good.

  6. jess says:

    This looks so good. i cant wait to try it out on my family!

    We would love it if you could add this to our new blog party!
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  7. Miz Helen says:

    Your Pizza looks awesome! Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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  9. This looks so delish! I could go for a slice right now. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  10. I love homemade pizza and your recipe sounds delicious. I particularly like the whole wheat flour in your pizza crust. I like to use pesto in pizza toppings as well :)

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