Think back to when you were a kid. What did Friday night mean to you? In my house it meant PIZZA NIGHT! I can remember playing at friend’s houses after school, my mom coming to pick us up, and stopping on the way home to pick up a pizza and garlic knots from our favorite pizza place.
Pizza is one of those comfort foods that is hard to beat. Hot, cheesy, and with all of your favorite toppings, what more could you ask for? Well, maybe you could ask for a healthier crust. And that’s what I have for your here today! Two of my favorite healthy pizza recipes so you can have your cake (or in this case, pizza) and eat it too!
This first recipe is for a cauliflower pizza crust. Cauliflower has been in the spotlight for its versatility for a few years now, but if you haven’t given cauliflower pizza a try I absolutely recommend this recipe from The Lucky Penny blog http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/02/the-best-cauliflower-crust-pizza.html?m=1
When this pizza is done it can be picked up and eaten like a traditional slice, but there are two tricks that I’ve found to help make this crust really hold together:
You have to really wring the water out of the cauliflower after you microwave it. The recipe says to wring it out in a dish towel. I’ve never tried that – I’m sure it would be fine, I just always think I’m going to end up with fuzz in my pizza. Instead I’ve found cheesecloth, or even a nut milk bag works really well.
Think thin crust. If the crust is too thick it becomes a little difficult to eat without a fork. Keeping the crust thin helps it get a little crispy and hold together so you can eat it with your hands.
The second recipe you may have seen as it has been shared all over social media recently. Two ingredient pizza crust. Now you all know that I am all about quick and easy in the kitchen, so when I see a recipe that only requires two ingredients I have to try it. This recipe is so versatile you can use it to make lots of different foods- bagels, soft pretzels, garlic knots, I think you can get really creative with this one. This recipe from Skinny Taste is actually for bagels, but the dough recipe is exactly the same for pizza https://www.skinnytaste.com/easy-bagel-recipe/print/
Here are a few tips for this recipe:
This dough is really sticky as you mix the yogurt and flour. It works best if you knead the dough on a floured surface (I either do it right on my counter or on a wooden cutting board). Keep sprinkling flour onto the surface as well as on the top of the dough you are working. If your hands are sticking, a little flour directly on them will help too.
Put your pizza stone or the tray you are going to use into the oven as you preheat it. Putting the dough onto a hot pizza tray helps give it the crispy bottom, but doughy center.
Now, for the best part – TOPPINGS! This is my favorite part of making pizza at home because there are no rules. You can add whatever and however much you want! Just keep in mind, if you load up your pizza with a ton of toppings it may get a little floppy and require a fork and knife (to me, that is totally worth it).
The two favorites in our house are tomato sauce with mozzarella and bell peppers, and ricotta topped with fresh arugula. What are your favorite toppings?
written by: Jessica Dooley
My name is Jessica and I am a wife, mom, and wellness coach. I love keeping my family healthy and happy and my passion is sharing my family friendly recipes and workout tips with all of you. If you enjoyed this workout tip please follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JessicaDooley.mamabefit/
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