Quick, Healthy Pizza Recipes

pizza with mushrooms and tomatoes on topThe idea of pizza may conjure up some nasty, greasy, unhealthy ideas, but actually it can be part of a healthy diet.  When made correctly, pizza can be a delicious, nutritious, easy weeknight meal that you don't even have to stress about.  Here are some quick, healthy pizza recipes you can feed your whole family with!

 

First off, a quick tip: to add to the health factor of your pizza, use at least half whole wheat flour for the dough.  Just about any pizza dough recipe can have 50% whole wheat flour substituted in.  Stray away from using completely whole wheat flour, as your dough will quickly become dense and result in a hard-to-chew crust, but throw a little in for a healthier touch.

 

Black Bean Nacho Pizza (Serves 6)

 You will need:

  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • yellow cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 medium scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 Tbs chopped jalapeños

 Preheat a grill on low.  Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Dust a cookie sheet or pizza round with cornmeal, then roll out the dough onto the sheet until the bottom is completely coated with cornmeal.  Put the crust directly onto the grill rack and cook until lightly browned (3-4 minutes).  Flip the crust and spread the bean mixture on, leaving a 1-inch border, then layer on the remaining ingredients.  Grill until the cheese is melted, about 8 minutes.  Serve!

 Vegetable Pizza (serves 6)

 You will need:

  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough (use homemade recipe online!)
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup grated light cheese
  • yellow cornmeal for dusting

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Punch down the dough and let it set until the oven is preheated, about ten minutes, then sprinkle cornmeal onto a round and roll out the dough.  Cover the pizza with the vegetables and then the cheese, then bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serve!

 Tomato and Chicken Pizza (serves 4)

You will need:

  • yellow cornmeal for dusting
  • 10 oz pizza dough
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 oz cooked chicken, cubed
  • 3 Tbs fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella

 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray, then with cornmeal, then roll out the dough and build up the edges.  Arrange the tomato slices and chicken on the dough, then add the basil, sprinkle the pepper, and arrange the cheese.  Bake for 13-18 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.  Serve!

 Check out more healthy low cost recipes and ideas on our blog!

 Sources:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/black_bean_nacho_pizza

http://www.bellybytes.com/recipe/pizza

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/healthy-pizza




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