Friday, October 22, 2010

Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza

 Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza

My husband and I {heart} pizza. He admits that if he could, he would eat it everyday. Me, not so much. I don't have that great of a relationship with it...and neither do my hips. So, moving on...

As much as he loves this Italian dish, it's really not one of the better meals he could incorporate into his "changed" diet. Oh yes...his eating habits have definitely changed within the past 2-3 months. Both of ours have to be honest. We've gone...healthier. Easier...not really...just healthier. It's been a blessing really. We feel better, have more energy, and enjoy creating new and healthy meals TOGETHER.

So the pizza decided to jump on the healthificaiton train. It went whole wheat style.
Go pizza! Go pizza go!!!!

I have made this countless times with many different toppings. It's SO easy. Only about 35 minutes total and I truly can't beat that. With the girls now calling my name, time is expensive *giggle* and it cannot be wasted. Not one second!

Here's the recipe if you'd like to just visit the has all the nutritional numbers for you to see. Leaves you fully informed and zero guessing involved. But, if you'd like to just read it here, follow me.

For 12 ounces of dough (smaller pizza)
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as Fleischmann's RapidRise
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2-2/3 cup hot water, (120-130°F)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

To make 1 pound dough:

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup hot water(120-130°F)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1.Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Process until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.

2.Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling.

3.Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll and top the pizza as desired (we suggest a 13-inch circle) and bake the pizza until the bottom is crisp and golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Serve immediately.
This is a lot cheaper to make than buying prepared whole wheat pizzas and really...good luck finding them. Ha! If you mess up, you've only spent just a bit. You live and learn, right? If you're intimidated like I was at first...just think to yourself---better for me...better for my family---better for our pocket book---better all around. Oh! And if you have older kids (like 6-10) have them help you or make their own. Talk about family fun!!!
Hope you try it. Mike said it was great and had a nice sweet flavor. SCORE!!!!!!!
Happy Friday!!
I'm sharing this over at Frugal Fridays.

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