I totally had fun with the pizza challenge. I am cooking up some more fun recipes (delicious and sneakily filled with vegetables). But for now, let's get down to it.
Greek-Inspired Pizza, a.k.a Flavor Explosion
the dough: I used this recipe. I substituted two of the cups of flour with whole wheat flour, increased the water to 1 1/4 cups, used olive oil and used honey instead of sugar. You can let it rise for 30 minutes - I didn't. I just rolled it out really thin and pre-baked for about 5 minutes. You can also buy ready made dough at Trader Joe's and that makes everything a little quicker.
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
6 artichoke hearts (frozen or jarred), quartered
20 cherry tomatoes, quartered
10 calamata olives, pitted and diced
1/3 cup lowfat or fat free feta, crumbled
Layer everything atop your pizza dough in the order listed. Bake for 8-10 minutes (if pre-baked) at 375, or until the crust is slightly golden.
Slice and eat up! This TASTY pizza is one you can feel good about - iron, protein, calcium, fiber, antioxidants galore, plus loads of vitamins.
If you've got picky eaters, you can do what I did: halve the recipe (I even slice the dough in half before topping it), and slather one side with this sauce (super easy and even more antioxidants and nutrients! And you can freeze what you don't use) and top with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of parmesan. Now everyone is happy!
**correction: I totally left out the olive oil! Oopsie. Just drizzle the dough with a little less than a tablespoon of olive oil before topping it.