Pizza Party!

Let’s have a pizza party!! That’s right, I said PIZZA.  My fiance, Mike, is a pizza fanatic.  This man can eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and never get tired of it.  If there’s one thing he could eat before he died it would be pizza.  You get the picture.  His love for pizza became a little bit of a problem when the both of us started putting on a few extra pounds.  I would NEVER ask him to give up pizza, that would be like me giving up  wine, it’s just not gonna happen.  I did however talk him into making our own with healthier ingredients and whole-wheat dough.  At first he wasn’t sold on the idea but once he tried it he realized it was a lot better than he’d expected.  I mean a thin crust whole-wheat pizza isn’t DiGiorno (anyone else have a serious weakness for DiGiorno??) but it is a pretty darn good substitute with a whole lot fewer calories and junk!!  Not only is homemade pizza better for you it’s actually a pretty fun way to make dinner together.  Mike will roll out the dough, he’s a pro, and then I’ll top my half with what I want and he’ll top his.  My half is always better 😉  Enjoy a few slices of the below with a side salad and you’re good to go.

Whole-Wheat Thin Crust Pizza

1 whole-wheat dough (Trader Joe’s has the best pre-made dough in the fridge section)

A little bit of flour (I use whole-wheat)

Low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese

Grated or shaved parm

Toppings of choice (basil, garlic, mushrooms, red pepper, chicken, olives, etc.)

Extra virgin olive oil (I prefer TJ’s organic)

Organic marinara if you want red sauce

Minced garlic

Let dough rest on counter for 30 minutes.  Roll out dough on a bed of flour and create pizza crust in shape of choice.  We usually make a square pizza because we don’t have a pizza stone and a round pizza is hard to cook on a square baking sheet.  I have made a heart before though 🙂  Drizzle with olive oil focusing on the edges.  I usually spread the olive oil around a little bit so that it’s even.  Once you have your desired amount of olive oil top pizza with some minced garlic.  This gives the crust delicious flavor without all the fat.  If you want red sauce on your pizza spread it evenly onto crust.  Now it’s time to top with all your favorite goodies.  Have fun with your toppings!

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Sprinkle shredded mozzarella all over pizza, not too much but just enough to cover the nooks and crannies.  

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Once your pizza is topped with everything put it in the oven at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Cooking times with vary depending on the shape of pizza and thickness of the crust.  Pull out pizza once crust becomes crispy and a little brown around the edges.  Enjoy!

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That’s pretty much the basics of a delicious homemade pizza.  The more veggies you add the more filling it’s going to be.  A few of my favorite toppings are artichoke hearts, olives, basil, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, chicken, and jalapeno.  Pineapple and bell peppers are good too.

Remember, you can still enjoy your favorite foods just try to make them a little healthier.  Eat two slices of this much healthier whole-wheat pizza with some veggies on the side and you have a delicious, filling meal.

What are a few of your favorite pizza toppings??

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