Dilemma: You’re on the hunt for a quick and easy lunch or dinner and you’re dying for a slice of pizza, but also trying really hard to stick to your clean eating diet.
Solution: This homemade, ready in about 30 minutes, whole wheat, personal-pan-sized pizza.
Yes, it’s true. All of this can be yours in about 30 minutes or less.
Okay, sorry. Not “all of this.” If you’ve got your heart set on some sweet potato fries, you’ll have to give it a little more time. (However, they are highly recommended.)
But the pizza. The dough for this pizza comes together quicker than you can imagine. And once you flatten it out and roll out the crust, all that’s left to do is plop on all of your favorite toppings and stick it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
I try my best to eat completely clean during the week, but I have to admit, pizza is my biggest weakness. It takes a lot of will power to deny all of the New York City pizza shops that I walk by on a daily basis. Especially when so many of them offer slices for just a dollar. One dollar! Oh, the temptation.
Now, don’t get me wrong. When I want a real slice of pizza, I go for that real slice of pizza. But during the week, I like to keep my diet as clean as possible. I always feel at the top of my game and more energized when I do. Which is why I love that when I’m really in the mood for a slice, but want to stay dedicated to keeping my diet clean, I can come home, mix up a quick batch of dough, top it off with some sauce, light cheese, and veggies, and not overload on cheese and oil.
P.S. This recipe is a variation of my previous Whole Wheat, Yeast-free Pizza recipe. It’s essentially the same thing, as this dough also requires no yeast. I simply reduced the ingredient proportions to yield a smaller-sized pie for the times when you’re feeding just you!
What one food that isn’t necessarily considered “healthy” is your biggest weakness?
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
a few dashes oregano
a few dashes basil
1 + 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (Works best with regular olive oil, although virgin or extra virgin works too if it’s what you have on hand.)
1/2 cup water
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, oregano, and basil.
2. Add the olive oil.
3. Gradually add the water, stirring as you go. Continue to stir until a dough-like texture begins to from. (You may or may not need more water depending on the consistency and texture of the dough. If 1/2 cup is not enough to absorb all of the flour, continue to add more in very small increments until all of it is absorbed and you have 1 large ball of dough. Also, the dough may be slightly sticky, in which case you can simply sprinkle it with a bit more flour for coating.)
4. Using your hands roll the dough into a ball. Lightly flour a flat surface and use your hands to flatten the dough into a small “personal-pan” sized pizza crust. Roll the edges of the dough for a thick crust.
5. Add your toppings! (For this particular pizza I used Classico’s Tomato & Basil jarred tomato sauce, steamed broccoli, chopped tomato chunks, and goat cheese.)
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