Ahh, pizza. The star of the American weeknight dinner. It holds a place as a delicious comfort food in the hearts of many of us. Pizza can be plain, and unassuming, or you can dress it up and make it fancy! It is a wonderfully versatile, cheap, and delicious food.
BUT. It isn’t exactly the healthiest. So what do we do if we want to enjoy our favorite food but still eat healthy? We make a few changes. This pizza is made with a whole wheat crust and is topped with lots of yummy veggies. It was probably the best pizza I’ve ever had, I must say. And by putting kale on top you are inadvertently making kale chips, which is pretty great!
I can’t take all the credit for this pizza, however. My boyfriend, Matt, made the crust. And he did a great job with it! So go have fun and make this with your family and friends!
Note: Making the crust does require some planning ahead of time, so if you want to make this make sure you have enough time to do it.
RECIPE FOR WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA
Ingredients for crust (Inspired by Sally’s baking addiction pizza crust)
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
1 and 1/2 cups warm water (105 – 115F degrees)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
3 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
olive oil for brushing crust
Ingredients for toppings
Tomato sauce/pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Kale, spinach, and arugula
Raw sunflower seeds
Salt, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder
Ingredients for Cilantro/arugula sauce
Equal parts cilantro and arugula (maybe about a cup each)
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 Tablespoons or more of Parmesan cheese (or whatever cheese you like)
Salt to taste
1. Make the crust. http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-whole-wheat-pizza-crust-recipe/ Really just follow Sally’s instructions, she’s got everything explained in a lot of detail and we didn’t change a thing!
2. Once you’ve got the crust rolled out, add the toppings. At this point you can also preheat your oven to 475 F (yes, it needs to be that hot). After you add a layer of sauce, I’d suggest adding some seasoning to it (Italian seasoning, garlic powder, etc) to give it more flavor. Now, it may be difficult to fit all your greens on there, but remember, they will shrink as they’re getting cooked, so don’t be scared to pile them on there. On top of your greens, sprinkle a little bit on salt on them, it’ll make them pop. Then, just add your sunflower seeds on top of them and they will get nicely toasted while baking.
3. Put your pizzas in and let them cook for about 15 minutes.
4. While they’re baking, make the arugula/cilantro sauce. I made this sauce up, so I’m kind of guesstimating at the amounts here so hopefully it works out. Basically, just add everything to a blender and taste it and see if needs anything else. When the pizza finishes baking just add it on top and it gives a great flavor!