How to Make a Healthy Pizza
JenniferM | On 03, Oct 2009
In this house, we LOVE pizza, so I make it often, probably two to three times per month. Over the years, I think I’ve perfected one of the best clean eating pizzas that doesn’t really taste all that healthy! I mean isn’t that the best feeling – eating something you know is good for you, but it tastes too good to really be good for you?
I think the secret to my pizza is I drizzle a Roasted Garlic Oil over the dough (whole wheat pizza dough made from scratch, btw!) and let the dough sit for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The garlic in the oil gives the pizza a nice “garlicky” taste to it.
We also canned our own pizza sauce this year, so I’m lucky to have a pizza sauce made from fresh ingredients that we grew ourselves and I know what’s in it (and not in it!). Before we canned our own, however, I always looked for low-sodium pizza sauce. Organic is best, but of course isn’t always the cheapest. If you go organic, give Muir Glen a try.
As I’ve said before, I love cheese and won’t give it up, so I use fresh mozzarella and shred my own instead of buying the pre-packaged, already shredded. I will also sometimes buy some Parmesan and grate it over the pizza as a finishing touch.
Other toppings I use on my healthy pizzas:
- Various bell peppers – usually red and green;
- Chopped onions;
- Fresh mushrooms;
- Canned hot pepper rings
- Ground turkey;
- Ground beef (grass-fed preferably);
- Herbs such as oregano or basil if not using my own canned sauce
You can really use any fresh ingredients you want and I love, love, love fresh pineapple on my pizza! Since not everyone in my family agrees with me that pineapple is “the bomb” as a pizza topping, I only add the pineapple if I’m making a pizza just for myself.
Do you make a clean pizza that tastes great? If so, leave us comments below and let us know your “secret”!