Healthy Homemade Pizza Tips


Make way for pizza! It’s the meal that almost everyone of every age loves to eat. And with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of know-how, you can make this ultimate kid-friendly dinner at home… and feel proud to serve it!
Our post teaches you all the steps (they’re not hard, promise) to making homemade pizza that’s crispy, cheesy, healthy, and delicious. Be a homemade pizza pro with our base recipe that you can customize infinitely to suit your mood and your kids’ tastes.
The first step to being an all-in lover of homemade pizza is to acknowledge the truth that this dietitian spoke out about recently: pizza is actually pretty healthy for you.

What Makes Homemade Pizza Healthy?

Despite its party-food reputation, pizza can provide a lot of good nutrition. That’s especially true when you make it yourself at home. Homemade pizza made our way is healthy because it’s…
  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Spread with lycopene-rich tomato sauce (Did you know that tomato sauce has more of this powerful antioxidant than fresh tomatoes?)
  • Topped with protein-rich whole cheeses
  • Sprinkled with fresh veggies
All together, homemade pizza is, believe it or not, a balanced meal! You’re hitting all the food groups in a package that your kids will absolutely love.

Tips for Getting a Crispy, Chewy Whole Grain Crust

Working with whole grain flour to make pizza dough is slightly trickier than using all purpose flour. But it is absolutely possible to get a marvelously stretchy, light, and savory dough with 100% whole wheat flour. Here are some tips that help:
  • Be willing to work with slightly wet dough. Drier dough may be easier to handle, but it’ll have less oomph during the rising stages, and it’ll break more easily when you’re trying to stretch it out to fit your pan.
  • Use white whole wheat flour, or a blend of white and hard red wheat. White whole wheat flour is still a whole grain, but the finer texture makes it easier to work with, and a closer approximation to all purpose flour.
  • Add a tablespoon of gluten. Don’t be afraid of it! Gluten is already present in your whole wheat flour. Adding an extra tablespoon gives your dough a lot more stretch. You can find gluten in the baking aisle.
  • Let it rise twice. A double rise also helps you get a thin, stretchy crust.
  • Add a thin olive oil barrier to your crust before you add toppings. This prevents the crust from getting soggy underneath your sauce and cheese.

 

How to Make Super Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

If you imaged that making homemade pizza sauce involved hours of tending to a pot of splattering tomatoes on the stove, you’re in for a treat. In reality, it could NOT be easier to make a flavorful, homemade pizza sauce. You only need three things to do it (and a stove isn’t one of them.) Gather up these items:
  • A can of plain tomato sauce
  • One or two pinches of dried oregano
  • A clove of garlic, grated, OR a dash of garlic powder
Just stir together these three ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and you have a totally solid, not-lacking-anything pizza sauce.
Keep in mind, if you’re cooking for kids, using raw garlic does make for a fairly zesty sauce. It tastes great! But it might be a little much for garlic-lovers in training.
Note that we opt NOT to salt our tomato sauce, because the cheeses you’re going to use bring a lot of salt already.

These Cheeses Are Good on Pizza

You only really need two kinds of cheese to get a perfectly balanced mixture of meltiness, creaminess, saltiness, and tang.
The magic duo is whole milk Mozzarella, and grated Parmesan. You can use pre-shredded cheeses if you like, but please do get freshly-grated Parm from the refrigerator section, not the more powdery kind that comes in a jar. You can substitute Asiago for the Parmesan.

Yummy and Healthy Pizza Toppings

When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit! Some toppings we like on our homemade pizza are these:
  • broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • bell peppers
  • fresh tomatoes
  • red onion slices
  • black olives
  • fresh tomatoes
  • pineapple
  • deli ham
  • pepperoni
  • leftover cooked chicken
  • fresh basil leaves (scatter them on as soon as the pizza comes out of the oven)
  • fresh or frozen spinach

 

What to Cook Homemade Pizza On

You don’t need any specialty bakeware to make homemade pizza. An ordinary baking sheet will work!

If you have one, you can, of course, use a pizza stone

Pizza Stone

THE BEST PIZZA STONE


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