Guilt Free Pizza

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Yuuuuuuuuum.

I got the idea of putting salad greens on a pizza from Pinterest. I saw a pin that said “Carrie Underwoods guilt free pizza” but it was just a tortilla with cheese melted on it and then topped with lettuce. Um, I think we can do better than that.

I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest these days. In fact, over the weekend I made my second batch of homemade “gummies” after seeing hundreds of pins for how to make your own healthy gummies. All the posts make it look and sound super easy so a few weeks ago I gave it a try. The thing they don’t tell you is how many of those molds you will need to make all those gummies! Let me tell you, you will need A LOT. I only had 2 little molds so that was my first problem. The other thing they don’t tell you is that you will make a huge mess pouring the mix into those little trays. They also don’t tell you to make sure you have room in your fridge before you get started.
Over the weekend I gave it a second shot and they turned out much better. The downside of that was I ate the final product in less than 10 minutes. It was a small batch, but still. Totally not worth the time, mess or effort. Moving on.

Ok, pizza!

A while ago the hubby and I were in the mood for pizza but I was feeling way too lazy to make a sauce so we just used ingredients we had on hand and let me tell you, it was the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life! Straight up delicacy right here.

I used pre-made dough from Trader Joes but Whole Foods has a good one too. Or you can make your own dough if you have some spare time on your hands.

I cut the dough into 2-3 pieces so we end up with personal pizzas. The dough needs to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before you start rolling it out. After it sits out for 20 minutes, don’t knead it or else it will get way too tough. Lightly flour your countertop and just start rolling the dough into pizza shape. Pick it up with your hands and stretch it out, then roll it some more. Try to get it as thin as possible. When it’s nice and thin sprinkle some cornmeal on a baking sheet and put the dough on the baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 500˚F.
Obviously you can put anything you want on pizza, but here’s what I did.

1. Brush the dough with olive oil
2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
3. Smear on some crushed garlic
4. Sprinkle on fresh rosemary
5. Top with chopped sun dried tomatoes
6. Top with thin slices of zucchini
7. Add some chopped fresh basil

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Bake for 8-10 minutes watching for the crust to start to brown but not burn.

Remove pizza from the oven and top with mixed green and then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy!

We just got a new grill and pizza stone so we have been cooking everything we can on the grill. So fun! If you want to use a grill and pizza stone, preheat the grill to 500˚F, dust the pizza stone with cornmeal and put it in the grill to heat up. Prepare the pizza on a silicone baking mat also dusted with cornmeal. Then when the pizza is ready to go onto the hot pizza stone it will just slide right off the mat and onto the stone. Bake for 8 or so minutes then use a large metal spatula (for grills) to get the pizza out of the grill.

Lilly still has an ear infection but it doesn’t seem to bother her. She’s still perky as a pistol. I might have made that expression up.

Have a safe and fun halloween week and try not to eat too many fun sized candy bars! I purposely bought halloween candy I hate so that I wouldn’t eat any. I got sour patch kids to hand out. Disgusting. I feel bad handing out candy. I would rather hand out dental floss but I know people hate that, haha!

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Body of Sunshine Pizza

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Making pizza from scratch is truly rewarding and delicious…and time consuming. I save pizza making for special occasions and I really have to plan ahead because making pizza dough from scratch is no joke.
You could however save yourself a bunch of time and buy some pre-made pizza dough or even a pre-made pizza crust! But I get so much enjoyment out of eating that yummy crust and knowing, I made that. For some reason I get very nervous when making a yeast bread, but you shouldn’t be scared. It’s easy and fun, I promise!

Of course you know you can put whatever you want on your pizza. This is what I put on mine and it has always been a big hit!

The good news is, this dough recipe will give you enough dough for two pizzas! So if you can’t decide what to put on your pizza, you can experiment and make two kinds!

Pizza dough ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or more all purpose)
1 cup warm water, not hot
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 (1/4 oz) packet active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil plus about 2 teaspoons for the rising bowl
A little corn meal for the pan

Pizza toppings
1/2 recipe pesto
1/2 recipe tempeh sausage crumbles
1/2 red onion sliced into thin moons
1/2 can artichoke hearts
Rice cheese to taste (optional)

How to make pizza dough.
Step 1: put warm water in a measuring cup. Dissolve the sugar in the water, then add the yeast. Make sure the yeast is wet then leave it alone for about 10 minutes. Assemble your other crust crust ingredients and when you come back to the yeast it should be foamy. That means your yeast is ready to go!
Step 2: in a mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, olive oil and yeast water. Stir until its all combined, it will get sticky quickly. Clean a space on your countertop and lightly flour the counter. Move the dough to the countertop and begin kneading. Knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is no longer dry or sticky. Put about 2 tsp olive oil in a very large mixing bowl and place the dough ball in the bowl, swirling it around so it has oil all over it to prevent sticking. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, place it in a warm area and leave it alone for an hour. Here is a tip from my grandma: If it is winter and you don’t have a warm spot in your house, turn your oven on for a few minutes, just so it gets a little warm. Then turn the oven off and put the dough in there to rise.
Step 3: when you return to the dough after an hour it should have risen! Uncover the bowl and punch the dough! Return the dough to the clean, floured countertop and knead again for a few minutes, just until the dough is no longer spongy. Return the dough back to the bowl, cover and put it back in its warm spot for 1-2 hours.
Step 4: when you are ready to make some pizza, place the dough back on the counter and knead it one more time. Now, cut the dough into 2 equal sized pieces. Set one half aside. Using a rolling pin, start rolling the dough into a circle (or rectangle or other “rustic” shape!). It should get about 12″ in diameter. Lightly dust a baking sheet or pizza stone with cornmeal. Place the crust on the prepared sheet. Repeat for crust number 2.

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Now to start topping them!

Spread some pesto on.
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Sprinkle the sausage crumbles on and top with onion and artichoke hearts and cheese as desired.
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Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.