Sunday, August 17, 2008

Homemade Pizza, Monday Night.

One of the best way's I have found to get my husband eating healthier is to include him in the cooking. If he makes it he tends to eat it.
The man loves pizza. There is going to be no taking this away. Pizza can be a great way to add veggies to a diet, just think of the tomato sauce!

What you will need for this meal:
Fixings for salad
Veggies for pizza
Cheese (shred your own, it is cheaper!)
Flour
Wheat Flour
Yeast
Water
Olive Oil
Herbs/Seasoning
Sugar

We make our own pizza dough. Its yummy and whole wheat.
Here is what you will need:
Regular Flour
Whole-Wheat Flour
Water
Yeast
Italian Seasoning (or better yet fresh herbs!)
Sugar
Salt

Here is what you do:

Step 1~ Put an apron on your hubby!
Step 2~ Fill a bowl with 1 1/4 cup of warm water. Add a tablespoon of sugar. You can use honey, but I am not a huge fan of this with the pizza dough. Add 2 1/4 tablespoons of yeast to the warm water/sugar. Let is sit for a few minutes and take that time to clean off your counter top.

Step 3~ In a different bowl combine 1 1/4 cup of regular flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Add salt.

Step 4~ When the yeast mixture is a bit foamy mix it with the flour mixture.

Step 5~ Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 6~ Put some olive oil on your hands not only is it a great moisterizer, but it will help with the dough!

Step 7~ Add your herbs to taste, several good shakes of italian seasoning. We like to add fresh orgenano, basil, and some red pepper.

Step 8~ Work out all your tension by kneading the dough until you can form it into a nice round ball. It takes me about 10 minutes.

Step 9~ Place the dough into a bowl and cover it with a towel. Let is rise for about 45 minutes.

After the dough has risen you can either divide this into two 12 inch pizza's or make a nice huge fat pizza! Sometimes we divide the dough making one half into pizza and the other half into breadsticks. Mmmm..

Step 10~ bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.
Step 11~ Add your toppings (get those veggies cut up really small) and add your sauce and cheese. Speaking of sauce, here is a little tip. We make a HUGE batch of homemade sauce and then freeze it in small containers. Then, when we have a pizza to make we just take out some of our already made sauce. It is healthier than canned sauce and has no preservatives. If you want our recipe let me know.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until the cheese looks perfect!
Let cool for about five minutes if you can resist and dig in!

Serve with a side of salad. (In our house my hubby will not eat the salad, but me and the Moose get a little green).




Sorry, no picture for this one yet. Will post pictures next time we do it!

Don't have time to make it from scratch, use a mix for the dough and jarred sauce. Still yummy. OR take advantage of the $1.00 Pillsbury cresent roll/pizza dough sales happening at many grocery stores right now!

1 comment:

Karen said...

Your crust recipe is very similar to mine, which made me wonder if the yeast measurement is accurate?

I use 2-3 teaspoons of yeast with about 3-3 1/2 cups total flour so 2 1/4 tablespoons seemed like a lot to me.

If it's correct, I'm sorry. I just thought it worth bringing up in case it was a typo.