Food delivery and takeout have quickly become the new normal. There’s no denying that it’s easy, convenient and (usually) delicious. However, too much of a good thing is never a good thing—especially for your waistline. When it comes to your favorite pie at your local pizzeria, the saying rings true. That’s why our recipe developers created this healthier Whole Wheat Pizza recipe. So, hold the phone, cancel your to-go order and whip up this diet-friendly deliciousness.
You might think that making your own pizza is a complicated task. After all, there’s so many components that have to go right—the crispy yet soft crust, the flavorful sauce, the melty cheese and various toppings. Where do you even start? We keep it simple in this easy-to-prepare pizza recipe that fits into your weight loss goals. If you want more healthy recipes for your family pizza night, check out these 11 easy and delicious recipes! >
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The first step of making a perfectly healthy pizza is the crust. We use a whole wheat flour to add filling fiber to this classic pizza pie. Kick off the crust by mixing dry active yeast with warm water and allow it to sit for five minutes. Next, combine the yeast with whole wheat flour, oregano, garlic powder and some more water. Add in some olive oil and knead the dough for about five minutes. Roll the dough into two balls and wrap it in plastic. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes so that it can rise. It should double in size.
Now that your dough is ready, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle a flat surface with some whole wheat flour and roll each dough ball into a flat circle of about a quarter-inch thick. Place the circular crusts onto a greased baking sheet and bake for about five minutes. Remove them from the oven and top with sauce, cheese and any other desired toppings that you enjoy. Continue baking for another 12 to 15 minutes, until the cheese and edges start to brown.
We love this healthy whole wheat pie topped with an abundance of fresh basil leaves! According to Medical News Today, basil is rich in many antioxidants that help protect against aging and disease. It’s also extremely easy to grow at home, eliminating another reason to go to the grocery store. We think it adds a fresh and fun twist to this tasty pizza recipe. You can also use it in a many recipes here on The Leaf, such as our Asparagus Caprese Salad and Artichoke Basil Hummus. If you are unable to grow your own fresh basil, you can purchase it fresh from the produce section in your grocery store. You can also keep dried basil in your spice drawer as a pantry-friendly Free Food.
Craving more takeout made healthy? Check out these other lightened-up versions of your favorite restaurant menu items:
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- “Fried” Chicken and Waffles >
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- Cauliflower Buffalo Bites >
- Salmon Sushi Bowl >
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Servings: 8 (recipe makes 2 pizzas, 1 serving = ¼ pizza)
Calories per Serving: 245
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 Extras
- 1 packet dry active yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. oregano
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 2 cups marinara sauce, low sodium
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, part skim
- Optional toppings (fresh basil, pepperoni, peppers, etc.)
- Mix the yeast with ¼ cup of warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Mix together the flour, yeast, oregano, garlic powder and remaining water. Add in oil. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Roll the dough into 2 balls and wrap in plastic. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rise. The dough should double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Sprinkle a flat surface with flour and roll each dough ball into a circle of about ¼-inch thick. Place on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake the crust for 5 minutes.
- Remove the crust from the oven and top with sauce, cheese and any other desired toppings.
- Continue baking for another 12-15 minutes, until the cheese and edges start to brown.