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