Guilt-free Pizza

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We may have cut sugar out, but it doesn’t mean we don’t still want REAL food. I’m not sure how much sugar is in a take-out pizza (I’m sure it’s a lot!) but the only thing I had to change here was make my own dough. All of the toppings we chose to use had no added sugar to them.

IMG_1242To make my dough, I followed this recipe:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 5 cups flour, divided

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the warm water and yeast and let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Add 2 ½ cups flour with yeast water and mix well in Kitchen Aid or with a dough hook.
  3. Add the remaining 2 ½ cups flour and salt, knead until smooth. Cover bowl with saran wrap. Let dough rest in a ball for 20 minutes.

IMG_1244Once the dough had risen, I laid it on the counter and added flour as needed while I hand-kneaded the dough.

This recipe made enough for two pizza doughs, so I split the dough in half and used one  right away and froze the other half.

With my half I was working with, I used a rolling pin to continue flattening out my dough on a floured surface, adding flour to the dough as needed.

Now comes the fun part. If you have children, this would be the time to let the kids make their own individual pizzas and decorate them however they like!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and while it is pre-heating, put all your toppings on. We used:

  • Canned tomato sauce (make sure whatever brand you use has no added sugar)
  • Low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Diced green peppers
  • Cherry tomatos, quartered
  • Fresh spinach
  • Pepperoni

IMG_1265Once all your toppings are on, bake your pizza for 18-20 minutes, let it cool before slicing, and enjoy!

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