Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 

Thin- Crust Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? I tried a healthy version of pizza, which contains whole grains, veggies and protein. Mozzarella cheese is commonly used for the pizza. You can use different toppings as per your taste. For herbs, I wanted to use the basil but I went with pizza seasoning which has all the spices. I chose bell pepper, olives, zucchinis and onions for the toppings. I made the crust with garlic and pizza seasoning. Here is the simple and home made pizza for you all.

Ingredients

  • ¾ to 1-cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp quick-rise active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp dried basil leaves or pizza seasoning
  • 1tsp olive oil or regular oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup no- salt added tomato sauce
  • ½ cup sliced ripe olives
  • ½ cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/3-cup onions or green onions
  • 1 large roasted red bell pepper, * cut lengthwise into thin strips or ¾ cup sliced, drained, bottled roasted red peppers
  • 1cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste












Method

Combine ½ cup all- purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, yeast, pizza seasoning or basil leaves and salt. Blend oil with garlic; stir into flour mixture with water. Stir in ¼ cup all- purpose flour until, soft slightly sticky dough forms, adding remaining ¼ cup all-purpose flour to prevent sticking if necessary. Shape the dough into a ball. Cover with in container or paper towel; let it rest for 10-20 minutes

Place oven rack in lowest position; preheat oven to 400F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal and set aside. If you have a non- stick pan spary is not needed, corn meal alone is fine.

Roll dough into large circle on lightly floured surface. (Too much rolling makes crust heavy and dense; stretching dough to fit pan is best.














Blend tomato sauce with ½ tsp of pizza seasoning or basil leaves in small bowl; spread evenly over crust. Top with zucchini, olives, onions, roasted bell pepper and mozzarella; sprinkle crushed red pepper on top.













Bake 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts.

* To roast bell pepper, cut length wise into halves; remove stem, membrane and seeds. Broil 3 inches from heat, skin side up, until skin is blackened and blistered. Place halves in storage bag and seal it; set aside 15 minutes. Remove pepper from bag. Peel off skin; drain on paper towel.


7 Comments:

Blogger sailu said...

Very healthy version of pizza indeed.Great effort there,Priya..:)

7:46 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thanks sailu:)

9:59 AM   Edit
Blogger Paz said...

I like pizza! And this one looks great!

Best,
Paz

12:25 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thanks paz!!

7:55 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is all-purpose flour?

1:41 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is all-purpose flour?

1:42 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

anonymous, all-purpose flour is nothing but maida. You can either use all purpose flour or maida to make pizza. sorry for the late response.

7:49 PM   Edit

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