Most of us enjoy pizza but the quality of ingredients and fat content can be questionable and unhealthy. My family has come up with a fun way to enjoy pizza that is simple, healthy, tasty, and fun. We prepare and cook this Italian delicacy ourselves with just a little bit of effort. The beauty of this is everyone can make the pizza they like; meaty, cheesy, veggie, etc. Everyone’s happy!
Let’s take a look!
A simple and healthy substitute for pizza crust is Pita bread. Pita bread is low in fat and tastes great. No preparation required. Just toss on the sauce and toppings, then bake. A couple of our favorite brands are Garden of Eatin’ Bible Bread and Ezekiel Pita Pockets Bread. It is not only what is in the ingredients but what is not. Quality food, just what your body requires when trying to perform and function at its best.
If you like a meat, we enjoy cooking up some ground Turkey breast along with a bit of seasoning. A lean healthy protein without the grease and toxic preservatives that are in some of the typical pizza meats. Cook this up on the stove while preparing the rest of the toppings.
Now is when you can get creative and include whatever toppings you enjoy or have available such as:
- the list goes on and on…
Of course, we can’t forget the cheese. We like to look for a quality mozzarella from cows that have not received hormones or antibiotics. This will be specified on the packaging.
Preheat and Party
As we are in the midst of preparing the toppings, we will pre-heat the oven to 360 F along with our baking stone.
Now we can start preparing our individual pizzas on our plate as the oven and baking stone warm up. Grab a Pita. Spread out some pizza sauce. Add your toppings of choice.
Once the oven has preheated, take out the baking stone and place the individual pizzas on it. Back in the oven for 10 or so minutes on the middle rack. You will have to monitor to find the correct time that works for your oven but 10 minutes should be a good starting point.
During this 10 minute idle time you can clean up or prepare additional pizzas.
Once done, cut the pizzas with a pizza cutter and enjoy!
This whole process is also a great way for the family to work together in preparing real food. Our two year old loves to sit on our island as we are preparing the various food items and letting him know what they are. He is also a good quality control guy for the shredded cheese.
Healthy, simple, and tasty. The endurance athlete’s nutritional requirements!
If you give it a try, let me know what you think of it.
Posted on 26 Jan 2009