Make A Healthy Vegetable Pizza
We all know the importance of having a healthy diet. But having such a diet means that you have to sacrifice some of the good food, right? Wrong! In fact, it is possible to create a great tasting, healthy pizza to meet your healthy diet needs.
Pizza gets a bad rap among the health conscious crowd. But in its basic form there is nothing inherently unhealthy about pizza. Flour, water, salt, and yeast are the basics to create a great tasting, low fat crust, and a simple sauce can be easily made using fresh tomatoes, garlic, spices, and fresh herbs.
Piling mounds of high fat proteins such as sausage and pepperoni on top of the pizza will not make a healthy meal…but piling them on top of lettuce is not healthy either.
According to the Department of Health, we should eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables each day to receive the health benefits. Studies have shown that eating the recommended allowance can help to prevent heart disease and some cancers. Unfortunately, only 15% of Americans actually achieve this target.
Really any of your favorite vegetables will work great on pizza, some of our favorites are: Artichoke Hearts, Red Onions, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Olives, Leeks, Spinach, and Sun Dried Tomatoes.
Vegetables can be cut and placed on the pizza raw, then baked along with the pizza dough. Another option is to Sauté the vegetables in olive oil quickly and then add to the uncooked pizza. This will give the vegetables a great flavor by bringing out the sweetness in most vegetables, caramelizing their natural sugars. In contrast, putting them on uncooked will leave more of a raw vegetable taste. Both are excellent, but provide distinctly different flavors.
Grilling vegetables is another way to “pre-cook” the vegetables and bring out the natural sugars of the vegetables. An added benefit is the “grill taste” that is added to the vegetables. Using different combinations of vegetables and different cooking techniques you can create your own homemade pizza recipe. Many vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, are trans-fat free and high in fiber…and they are not processed like so many of our foods are today.
By making a basic pizza crust made of flour, water, salt, and yeast, making a simple, fresh tomato sauce, and adding fresh vegetables as toppings you can create a very healthy meal for you and your family. Avoid piling on high fat proteins, and apply cheese in moderation, and you can create a healthy vegetable pizza.