FOOD, NUTRITION 8th August 2016

PIZZAAAAA

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True Story: As a kid growing up, I hated pizza… There was something about the tomato sauce I just couldn’t get with… my mom would save me the crust while everyone else devoured their slice. I didn’t mind the crust. However, things changed in the summer of 2006. I was a camp counsellor in Maine where my choice in the matter was no longer relevant. Meals were based on whatever Jim the cook conjured up that day. Fast forward ten years and as a New Yorker, pizza is easily one of my favorite foods (ham & pineapple incase you were wondering).

Backstory over, this week I wanted to share my homemade pizza recipe with you. Earlier this year I shared my vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipe, so now it’s time for a carb overload. This recipe is not short on the doughy texture or cheese, but the toppings pack a nutritional punch.

YIELD:

1 Pie

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Warm Water

Pizza sauce

MAKE IT:

Prep Time: 5 hours

Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar, black pepper, yeast and baking soda
  2. Pour in olive oil and mix using baking spoon
  3. Pour enough warm water to start kneading into dough using hands. Stop when dough forms
  4. Place into tupperware and let set for 4-5 hours until it’s risen by double the size (approximately)
  5. Set oven to 350F and using a rolling pin, roll out your dough on a work surface sprinkled with flour
  6. Carefully place onto a pizza tray
  7. Using a spatula or back of a spoon spread pizza sauce across your base (as much or little as you like)
  8. Add Cheese generously: I use Whole Foods shredded mozzarella
  9. Toppings!!! Go crazy and get creative. I usually go for red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, kale, pineapple and sometimes chicken (for protein). The choice is really yours
  10. Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes. If you are adding chicken or any meat, add that in the final 15 min
  11. Take out and leave to cool on pizza tray for 5 minutes, or longer if you want it cooler
  12. Bon Apetit !

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Silly me – I forgot to snap an after pic. It rose up to the lid

Added broc to this one!

Added broc to this one!

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My rolling skills leave much to be desired

 

 

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Finished product !! Cut 8 ways or 4… Up to you 🙂

 

Pizza is a very easy and versatile dish. Definitely give it a try and resist the urge to speed dial Dominos.

As always, pushing for health xx