Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pizza 3-Ways Part 1: Healthy Pepperoni

Pizza and healthy don't usually go together. But, for the next several days, I'm going to give you three very different, but all healthy, versions of our favorite movie-night chow. First up is traditional pepperoni with red sauce and mozzarella. Tomorrow, a garden veggie with a roasted garlic sauce. Then, a Greek pizza with olive oil and feta.

With this first pie, I'm also giving you our pizza crust recipe from Weight Watchers. Even if you aren't a member, Weight Watchers cookbooks offer all kinds of wonderful, low-fat and low-calorie recipes and ideas.

When we order take-out pizza (see my post on healthy take-out pizza), there's always a debate about what to get. The great thing about making your own pizza is you can have it just the way you want it. This one is Quinn's favorite.Two hearty slices are 351 calories, with 11 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Serve with a mixed greens salad.

Let's eat!

Pizza Dough
1/2 cup warm (105-110F) water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Put the water, oil and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle with yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes, until foamy.

Combine flours in a food processor. With the processor running, pour the yeast mixture through the feed tube. After the dough forms in a ball, move it to a lightly-floured counter. Knead briefly, until smooth and elastic.

Spray a bowl with non-stick, add dough and cover tightly. Let rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down and roll out int a 12 inch circle.

Pizza Sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauignon
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet, add onion and saute over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Increase heat to high and add wine, deglaze the skillet and stir until  almos all the liquid evaporates. Add tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Building your pizza:
Preheat oven to 400F

Spray a pizza pan or stone with olive oil and place crust on it.

Spread about 1/2 cup of pizza sauce to within about 1/2-inch of the edge of crust. Top with 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella. Arrange 16-18 pieces of turkey pepperoni and top with another 1/2 cup of mozzarella.

Bake until cheese is lightly browned, 12-15 minutes.

Healthy Pepperoni Pizza on Foodista


DailyChef said...

Very cool. Making your own pizza is always a blast, especially when you can make the dough too! I also love your guide to the healthiest take-out pizza!

ARLENE said...

I've never tried the WW pizza dough recipe, but will give it a shot soon. I love to make pizza since you're in control of the toppings. I gravitate toward "white" pizza at home. This looks delicious and I'll look forward to the next two as well.

Evan Halperin said...

Sounds great. I ONLY use WW flour when i make pizza at home. I like tossing in a little honey for a honey wheat crust. The sauce looks quite good, i may have to add that to my crust asap

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love homemade pizza. I always use whole grain flours in my crusts (gluten-free for me though) - and that veggie pizza you mentioned sounds like it's right up my alley. Yum!

Sandy said...

Your pizza looks delicious. I love love love pizza! Did I say I love pizza? I can't wait for the Greek Pizza. That sounds really yummy. Although pepperoni is another favorite of mine. I have never made my own pizza dough. I guess I am afraid it won't turn out but it is probably healthier if I do it myself. One of these days I will just go for it.

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