If I had to choose one food to have on a deserted island for the rest of my life, I’d choose pizza. I love pizza. It is by far one of my favorite foods which is great because it’s a food you can find easily wherever you are. The flip side of that is that you can find pizza wherever you are. Traditionally, pizza is not a food recommended regularly as part of a healthy diet. So, while I will never give up pizza (are you crazy?!), I do try to make it rather than order it. Not only does it save money, but it is so much better for you. And let’s be honest, few things taste as good as something you made with love. Sounds cheesey, but it’s true! So over the holiday weekend, I set about making delicious but healthy (kind of) pizza.
I started with the dough, which is by far the most onerous part of the process. I used my go-to whole-wheat pizza dough recipe, but decided to switch it up a bit this time and use half whole wheat flour and half white flour. I also added dried basil to the flour mixture. I really liked the texture of the dough and may try this method again!
Next, I set out to make the pesto that was going to be my sauce of choice. I found an awesome spinach basil pesto recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod and was so excited to make this sauce. Unfortunately my blender was not cooperating so this “simple” process took forever because I had to phone a friend and neighbor for a back up blender.
After dealing with the blender fail, I was finally able to put it all together and make this delicious pesto. My pesto looked brighter than the pesto pictured by Two Peas & Their Pod and at first that concerned me, but once I tasted it, I was in heaven. Enough so that I used all my remaining fresh spinach to make a second batch. It was that good.
Finally, I added cheese, artichokes and kale on top and threw it in the oven for 20 minutes. This pizza was so delicious and yummy. It fulfilled my pizza craving in a healthy way.
What is your favorite pizza topping? Do you prefer to make your own pizza or order out?