How to Make a GoodHow to Make Healthy Vegetarian Pizza
It’s not too difficult to make your own pizza at home, is it? You make some dough; add your tomato paste and toppings, sprinkle some cheese on it and you’re away! This may be true, but what if you’re a vegetarian? A few changes would need to be made in order to make a pizza that was vegetarian. Not only would it have to have no meat, but it would have to be a healthy pizza too, otherwise why would a vegetarian eat it? Well, here’s one idea of how to make a basic vegetarian pizza:
Buying/ Making Your Dough
The easiest way to make a pizza is to simply buy some pre-made pizza dough. This doesn’t work out well for everyone though. How will you know if that dough is healthy or not? Most of the time, it won’t be; this is why we suggest you make your own home-made pizza dough. It is recommended that you alter any ordinary dough recipe, by switching out half the white flour for whole-wheat flour. Whole-wheat flour is better for you, but you can’t just use this flour or your dough won’t form properly. This is why you should just use half the total flour mixture as whole-wheat flour. Once your dough has been left for at least an hour and re-kneaded, roll it out into a thin pizza crust. Do you best to make the dough rounded, but don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. A little trick that you can try is rolling up the edges to form the crust in such a way that the remaining dough is as round as possible. Once that’s done, transfer it to a non-stick baking tray or pizza stone if you have one and get ready to place toppings!
Preparing Your Pizza
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 232 degrees Celsius. Here’s where it gets interesting. You shouldn’t be using a typical tomato paste on this pizza as those are high in sodium. Instead you’re going to make your own paste. You’ll need to gather 1 cup of black beans, ½ cup of chopped roasted red peppers, an average size clove of garlic, cut into quarters, a tablespoon of chili powder, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. All these ingredients will be placed in a food processor until you have a smooth paste. Spread the paste over your dough base. Next, sprinkle about a cup of Monterey Jack cheese over the paste. Following these will be your vegetables. These are entirely up to you, but we’ve found that the best combination is a couple of diced tomatoes, three or four sliced scallions, about ¼ cup of black olives, as well as two tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapenos. Once you have placed all you toppings on the pizza, simply put it in the oven and leave it to cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is a gold brown. After it’s been cooked, congratulations! You get to enjoy one of the tastiest pizzas you’ve ever made! Pizza Dough