Monday, 23 September 2013

pizza power!

As a native New Yorker, I grew up eating a lot of pizza. As I got older, however, I started to become more aware of healthy eating and my pizza intake declined.  I realized how HUGE a slice of pizza can be, how many slices I could eat in one sitting and how those calories can really add up.

Therefore, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Instead of being subjected to the unknown, it was time to make my own pizza!

Making your own pizza is super fun because you can be creative with the toppings and it's basically playing with your food! The pizza I'm showing here is a prosciutto, artichoke pizza with low-fat mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. The calories are cut because I use less dough per person and the cheese is part-skim. Super simple, taste great and it's lower in calories than your traditional slice!

Toppings are ENDLESS.  For a more hearty and filling slice, add a ton more veggies-onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc. and a protein such as a lean turkey sausage or shredded chicken. For an extra kick, you can substitute a different type of sauce/spread such as pesto or barbecue sauce.  Yum!

Instead of reaching for that 2nd or 3rd slice, pair your homemade pizza which a fresh salad.  Together, it makes a very well balanced meal.  Enjoy!

Recipe for Basic Pizza (serves 4)

16 oz pizza dough
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. On a floured surface, shape pizza dough into desired shape (I made mine rectangular as it was in a baking sheet).

Place pizza with toppings into the oven, bake for approximately 10-20 minutes depending on how thin/thick the crust is.

Cut pizza into slices and serve immediately!

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