Sometimes my clients are shocked when I tell them I eat pizza once a week!
I know what you’re thinking “David don’t you preach supportive eating and no fast food”?
Well yes I do…..but you must also realize I preach having a day once a week where there are no rules (optional). I believe that if you follow a sound nutrition plan 85-90% of the time you SHOULD find balance in your nutrition plan and life and be free to eat things not on your plan 10-15% of the time. This will allow you a plan that you can follow the rest of your life and not feel guilty for doing it especially if you have been consistent and have been working hard.
So does that mean I endorse having a Hot- N- Ready $5 pizza once a week?
Well yes I say it’s OK if you can have it the same day every week and you can eat supportively the other 90% of the week. I personally only have takeout pizza once every 3-4 months. So how do I get pizza once and even sometimes twice a week and not mess up my plan?
I make homemade pizza once a week…and guess what it’s healthy!
There are so many foods out there that are not healthy for you when you buy them already premade, but if you make them from the right ingredients they can be very healthy for you! If you think what is actually in pizza it’s really not hard to think how to make it better for you.
My pizza has no bleached or enriched white or wheat flour, no high fructose corn syrup (hidden in the sauce), and no hydrogenated oils.
So without further ado I give you:
DMODD’S WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA CRUST.
2 1/2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast/instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot tap water (120 – 125°F)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of organic honey
|Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F To prepare pizza dough, stir whole wheat flour; lightly spoon into a measuring cup and level flour. In large mixing bowl add one cup of hot water and one packet of yeast and let sit for 5 minutes. Combine whole wheat flour, olive oil, salt, and honey or sugar. Stir by hand vigorously until all ingredients are well mixed; about 3 minutes. Then lightly spray your hands with olive oil cooking spray and knead the dough with hands and fist for about 1-2 minutes (if it seems to dry add touch of hot water and oil, seems to sticky add a touch of flour until it’s not too sticky or dry). Add to a large bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise to desired size. Place dough in greased (use olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray) 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan or 12 to 14-inch pizza pan. Press dough to cover bottom of pan and up sides to form a rim. For a crispier crust place the dough in pizza pan in heated oven for 1-2 minutes before adding sauce and cheese.|
Add pizza sauce (I use Meijer Organic True Goodness Chunky Garden pasta sauce) and cheese (I use Bunker Hill Raw Milk
Cheddar ) of your choice and your favorite cheese and pizza toppings;
Bake in oven 14 to 18 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are done.
|Servings: Provides 8 servings|
|Calories/Serving: 146 calories/slice of crust only|
Nutrition: One slice of crust only provides approximately: 146 calories, 5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 37 mcg folate, 2 mg iron and 219 mg sodium. I personally use all natural sauce (low sugar), fresh mushrooms, reduced fat mozzarella cheese.
Can’t have gluten or wheat?
Then try this crust below
RECIPE: Gluten Free and Wheat Free Crust. (Thin Crust)
-1 cup of hot filtered water
-1.5 cups of ground gluten free oat flour (ground oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor
-1.5 cup of organic white rice flour
- 1 packet of yeast (if desired)- I don’t use yeast
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
-1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1-dash of seal salt
-1.5 tablespoon of olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Add all ingredients to hot water in bowl and stir. Start to knead with hands until its firm enough to lay out on pizza pan or pizza stone. Use hands or roller.
Cook dough/crust for 5-8 minutes until firm and add sauce (I use Meijer true goodness organic tomato and basil, raw Amish cheddar cheese ( I use Heinis) (or your desired cheese).
Add your toppings after cheese. I use organic onion, red pepper, chicken breast and mushrooms.
Cook for 16-18 minutes.
Want to go completely grain free with your homemade crust?
David's Grain Free Crust:
In large steel bowl:
-2/3 cup of almond flour
-3/4 cup of tapioca flour
-6 tablespoon of coconut flour (3 at first, 3 at end)
-1/3 cup of hot water
-1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
-1 large egg
- A dash of your favorite seasoning (garlic, sea salt, and onion powder)
1) Mix in seasonings and flour first.
2) Combine water, oil and vinegar into mixture
3) Stir in egg
4) Stir in last 3 tablespoons of coconut flour
- If mixture is still too sticky add in additional tapioca flour until it feels right.
- spread out dough and bake in oven for 5-6 minutes before adding sauce, toppings etc.
DID SOMEONE SAY PIZZA!? :-)
Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,