Pizza! Pizza!

Pizza has always been at the top of my list when I think of my favorite foods. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels this way! Pizza is a go to American meal. Whether you are watching a sporting event, studying, or looking for a quick dinner there is no doubt pizza is the number one comfort food in America. It comes with a price though= a bulging waistline from over-indulging in this heavenly but often high fat treat…OR- you can choose the heathier options, like cutting down on cheese and fatty meats, but STILL get that fantastic heavenly treat! While bulking up on healthy vegetables (which contain anti-oxidants) will not only help your heart, but will fill you up while slimming you down. Another way to improve the profile of your pizza is to use a wheat based crust. The wheat flour is healthy for your heart and will add fiber as well…and easier to prepare than you think!

Delux Homemade Chicken Sausage Pizza
INGREDIENTS:
Whole Wheat & Honey Crust (recipe to follow)
1 cup Tomato Basil Pizza Sauce (recipe to follow)
1 cup purple onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup sliced Baby Bella mushrooms
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup 2% colby-jack cheese, shredded
1 pound Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Chicken Sausage**
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium skillet, add chicken sausage to the pan and cook through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from pan and dice into bite size pieces. Set aside. Spread tomato basil sauce evenly over pizza crust. Top with mozzarella cheese. Layer evenly the mushrooms and onion. Sprinkle 1/2 cup colby cheese. Add the chicken sausage, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over top. Bake for about ten minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden (and delicious!!)

***I got my sausage from my local Market Street :) Love that store!

Whole Wheat & Honey Crust

INGREDIENTS
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl combine flour, wheat germ and salt. Make a well in the middle and add honey and yeast mixture. Stir well to combine. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Roll dough on a floured pizza pan and poke a few holes in it with a fork.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 10 minutes, remove from oven, add desired toppings.

Tomato Basil Pizza Sauce

INGREDIENTS:
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 tablespoon diced fresh basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1.2 teaspoon sugar

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in oregano, basil, sugar, garlic and paprika.

Nutrition Information
12 servings:
Calories: 180 calories
Fat: 6g fat
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fiber: 9g
Protein: 10.3g

Comments

  1. This sounds so yummy! Cannot wait to TRY it! I love all of your recipes because they are yummy and more importantly, better for you! Thank you for all of the healthy recipes!

  2. Wow, that looks REALLY good!

    Enjoy!

  3. Corinne @ Green Grapes Blog says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for the crust recipe! Can't wait to try it :) And, homemade sauce–my favorite!!!! Thanks!

  4. Could you substitute ground flax seed for wheat germ?

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