Saturday, February 10, 2007

vegetarian pizza

Pizza is often considered as an unhealthy fast-food, but it doesn't have to be! When it's filled with veggies, and not loaded with processed meat and full-fat cheese, pizza can really be healthy! Sometimes I use whole-wheat tortilla for a quick pizza when I'm in a hurry, but when I have a little time, actually no more than 45 minutes are required, I do the real stuff: homemade whole-wheat pizza dough... mmmmm!

Whole-wheat pizza dough
for a 12" pizza
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons quick-rising yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or regular salt)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup hot water (~120°F)
2 teaspoons olive oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, yeast, salt, basil, and sugar. Mix well.
  2. In another bowl, combine the hot water and olive oil.
  3. Add to the flour mixture and blend with a wooden spoon. Use your hand if necessary and work the dough until the formation of a ball.
  4. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough into a 12" inches wide circle.
Vegetarian pizza
8 slices
1 12" pizza dough
1 cup marinara sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
  1. Spread the marinara sauce on the pizza dough.
  2. Place all the ingredients and garnish with the cheeses and basil.
  3. Bake, preferably on a pizza stone, in a preheated oven at 425°F for about 15 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition facts
[for 1 slice]
203 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated,
23 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein

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