Give Friday pizza night a healthy makeover with our recipe for whole wheat dough, simply-seasoned sauce, and loads of fresh toppings you can customize for your picky eaters. Our tips and tricks teach you how to be a homemade pizza pro!
Make way for pizza! It’s the meal that almost everyone of every age loves to eat. And with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of know-how, you can make this ultimate kid-friendly dinner at home… and feel proud to serve it!
Our post teaches you all the steps (they’re not hard, promise) to making homemade pizza that’s crispy, cheesy, healthy, and delicious. Be a homemade pizza pro with our base recipe that you can customize infinitely to suit your mood and your kids’ tastes.
The first step to being an all-in lover of homemade pizza is to acknowledge the truth that this dietitian spoke out about recently: pizza is actually pretty healthy for you.
What Makes Homemade Pizza Healthy?
Despite its party-food reputation, pizza can provide a lot of good nutrition. That’s especially true when you make it yourself at home. Homemade pizza made our way is healthy because it’s…
- Made with 100% whole grains
- Spread with lycopene-rich tomato sauce (Did you know that tomato sauce has more of this powerful antioxidant than fresh tomatoes?)
- Topped with protein-rich whole cheeses
- Sprinkled with fresh veggies
All together, homemade pizza is, believe it or not, a balanced meal! You’re hitting all the food groups in a package that your kids will absolutely love.
Tips for Getting a Crispy, Chewy Whole Grain Crust
Working with whole grain flour to make pizza dough is slightly trickier than using all purpose flour. But it is absolutely possible to get a marvelously stretchy, light, and savory dough with 100% whole wheat flour. Here are some tips that help:
- Be willing to work with slightly wet dough. Drier dough may be easier to handle, but it’ll have less oomph during the rising stages, and it’ll break more easily when you’re trying to stretch it out to fit your pan.
- Use white whole wheat flour, or a blend of white and hard red wheat. White whole wheat flour is still a whole grain, but the finer texture makes it easier to work with, and a closer approximation to all purpose flour.
- Add a tablespoon of gluten. Don’t be afraid of it! Gluten is already present in your whole wheat flour. Adding an extra tablespoon gives your dough a lot more stretch. You can…