Pizza On A Diet
Here are a few tips to enjoy pizza even if you are on a diet. It tastes just as good and you won’t have to feel guilty for indulging!
For the crust: use the ingredients you would normally use for a pizza crust, except that you need to use whole wheat flour instead of cake flour or plain flour – this is a MUST.
For the topping: use freshly squeezed tomato sauce (not store bought ketchup!), and a bit of extra virgin olive oil – to cover the dough.
Add all types of vegetables: tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, jalapenos or whatever you prefer – everything goes well here, and the more the better.
Meat: If you choose to add meat to your pizza, beef and chicken is best – NO bacon!
Cheese: low-fat store bought cheese, OR you can cut the fat off your favorite cheese by using this technique: remove fat from cheese.
Here’s how the end result should look (Recipe for baking the pizza is below!):
Preparing the Pizzas
1 Place a pizza stone on a rack in the lower third of your oven (optional). Preheat the oven to 450°F
2 Remove the plastic cover from the dough and punch the dough down so it deflates a bit.
3 Prepare your desired toppings
4 Take the dough and flatten it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick.
5 Brush the top of the dough with olive oil (to prevent it from getting soggy from the toppings).
6 Lightly sprinkle your pizza peel (or flat baking sheet) with corn meal.
7 Spoon on the tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and place your desired toppings on the pizza.
8 Sprinkle some cornmeal on the baking stone in the oven . Gently shake the peel to see if the dough will easily slide, if not, gently lift up the edges of the pizza and add a bit more cornmeal. Slide the pizza off of the peel and on to the baking stone in the oven, and bake for about 10-15 minutes.