When you are busy it can be very tempting to dial up for a home delivered pizza. This can be a calorie and fat laden dinner with just 2 slices of a Domino’s Hawaiian totting up around 428 calories.
But once you get the basics right – here, that’s the dough – you can really quickly put a healthy eating dinner on the table in no time flat. The secret to a delicious, crispy pizza is not to overload it with toppings.
Keep things simple and select 3 good quality, healthy eating ingredients that will allow the flavours to shine through.
Today we have 3 of our favourite simple pizza toppings – we would love to hear about yours in the comments section.
For the pizza dough: (makes 2)
- 1.5 teaspoons (or one 7g sachet) of dried yeast
- ½ teaspoon of sugar (to activate the yeast)
- ¾ cup warm water
- 2 cups plain flour (use wholemeal if you have it)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup tomato paste (or make your own pizza sauce – recipe here)
Pizza 1 – Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella
- 100g mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 100g red ripe cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (add just before serving)
Option – add some olives, or strips of grilled capsicum
Serves: 4. Calories per serve based on one pizza with tomato paste: 252.
Pizza 2 – Ham, Pineapple and Mushroom
- ½ cup diced leg ham off the bone
- ½ cup diced fresh pineapple
- 6 medium mushrooms, sliced
Pizza 3 – Chicken, Feta, Olive
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
- ½ cup crumbled low fat feta
- ¼ cup chopped olives
Option – add some oregano or basil, and some minced garlic
Serves: 4. Calories per serve based on one pizza with tomato paste: 278.
- Put your yeast and sugar into the warm water. Put this in a warm spot for 10 minutes to let the yeast activate – it should look foamy on top when ready.
- Heat up the oven to 200°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, olive oil and yeast mixture.
- Stir gently and bring it all together to form a ball of dough.
- You may need to add more flour or water to get it to the right consistency.
- Flour a work surface and knead the dough for two minutes until it becomes soft and elastic.
- Rip the dough in half and roll each piece out thinly to fit the size of your trays.
- Add the tomato paste and then your chosen toppings before baking for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown on the crusts.
Serve with a crispy green salad to add more veggies to the meal.
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Next month’s theme is WINTER! – Perfect for the chilly weather, SUPER easy to whip up and still just as healthy.
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