Pizza is one of the great comfort foods and we've been making them at home recently - it's really simple to do and lovely family event, choosing an array of toppings for each individual preference. Can pizza be healthy? When it's loaded with vegetables and on a high fibre thin crust base - absolutely!
Here's a very healthy version with a wholewheat base, piles of roasted vegetables, a rich tomato sauce and some lovely soft goats cheese. Beats a Domino's any time (in my kitchen anyway...)
WHAT YOU NEED (serves 2):
150g wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 tbsp olive oil
100ml warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp basil
Topping (here's what I did, but the choice is yours!)
Four large handfuls of mixed vegetables for roasting, cut into medium-sized cubes/pieces:
red or green pepper
Small tin of artichoke hearts
Green or black olives (as many as you like)
Anchovies (optional if you're veggie of course, but I just love the saltiness these add!)
Goats cheese log (or a crottin will be fine). If course, you can also use mozzarella or feta if you prefer.
WHAT YOU DO:
Make the base:
Put the flour into a bowl, stir in the yeast and the salt
Make a well in the centre and tip in the oil and the warm water
Mix it together into a dough. It should be fairly wet.
Knead it for about 5 minutes on a floured surface, until smooth
Leave in a covered bowl, somewhere warm and allow it to prove. (It should be about twice - about a hour to two hours). hen the base is ready to use. If you're not ready to make and cook your pizza, you can pop it in the fridge and get it out an hour before you want to use it. The base also freezes well. Allow to thaw at room temperature and prove again before using.
Prepare the vegetables:
Put the chopped vegetables on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Roast for an hour in the middle of the oven at 180 degrees until soft. Don't let the veg brown too much.
Make the tomato sauce:
Fry the garlic in the oil, just to soften it (watch it doesn't burn!)
Add the passata and basil and gently simmer until the sauce has reduced and has thickened into a spreading consistency.
Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
Make your pizza!
Pre-heat the oven to its hottest setting
Punch your dough in the bowl to knock it back a bit and then take it out. Cut it into two equal portions for two medium pizzas, or four for a small lunchtime pizza.
Roll it on a lightly floured surface into a thin round shape.
Place the base onto the baking tray/pizza tray
Add the tomato sauce
Pile the pizza high with vegetables
Slice the goats cheese and arrange on the top
Cook in a very hot oven until the cheese is bubbling - about 10 to 12 minutes but keep an eye on it!
Serve with a green salad drizzled with some good olive oil
Enjoy a delicious, healthy and very filling pizza! Here's another healthy version of a classic.