Americans consider Hamburger the national dish of the state. Probably, they nicknamed it so because of its popularity across all age groups. But, globally Pizza tops in popularity over them among all ages. Today we have decided to make a healthy pizza homemade restaurant-style and enrich it with the superfoods.
We will include spinach in our pizza base, tomatoes for the sauce, beans, and chicken as the topping. As people are increasingly getting health-conscious, healthy ways of making a pizza is indeed a great add-on to your cloud kitchen menu. After a tiring day at the office whip out pizza dough on demand seems a tedious job. Since I love the smiling faces, I decided to try this super quick and easy homemade pizza for weekend dinner.
Spinach Pizza Base-
For me, a homemade pizza base gives complete freedom to customize it. Believe it, it turned out fabulous!
So, it is a simple recipe here, I played with time. I prepared the batch in advance and put it in the fridge for later use. There are 5 simple ingredients to my healthy crust homemade pizza base- water, spinach, all-purpose flour, yeast, and sugar.
Check the complete directions to make spinach crust for the low-calorie pizza recipe below. These measurements make 6 ten-inch pizzas.
All-purpose flour 6 cups
Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Water 2 1/4 cup
Spinach 3 cups
1. Activate dry yeast-
Take some warm water in a bowl; add 1 tsp sugar and yeast. Keep aside for 15 minutes to allow chemical reactions to take place resulting in yeast activation.
2. Make spinach water-
Put the spinach leaves and water in a blender jar to make fine spinach water. Refrigerate for 5 minutes before assembling the pizza dough.
Making the crust-
To begin the pizza dough recipe take flour and salt in a big bowl or stand mixer bowl. We are in a hurry, so we will be using a stand mixer with the dough hooks fixed. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast into the flour.
Turn on the mixer on low and pour little chilled spinach water into the flour mixture. Add the water slowly as needed till the dough comes together. This will take 6-8 minutes. How do you when your dough is ready? Simple! When you see the sides clean and the dough becomes smooth, then you must take it out for the next step.
Take the dough out onto a clean work surface that is dusted with flour. Smoothen further and tuck in the bottom to form it into an oval. Cut the dough into 6 equal portions using a bench scraper. Shape each portion into balls. Place them on a lined tray. Smear little olive oil over them and leave them covered for 2 hours in a warm corner of your kitchen. This gives them enough time to rise. After 2 hours, stretch and push the dough balls into a medium-thick round with the help of fingers.
In case you don’t have active dry yeast in hand, this homemade fresh yeast makes your baking easy.
Do it the way I prepared for weekend pizza dinner. I wrapped each ball in cling wrap or plastic wrap and refrigerate it for using it later. You can make it 3 days in advance. When you want to bake your pizza base let it come to room temp for 30 minutes.
Baking the crust-
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Pre-bake the base on the low rack for 5-6 minutes. This will make a perfect light and crispy base.
Now, is the time to add toppings.
Adding the pizza toppings-
I planned the half n half pizza for my Domino’s fan kids. They enjoy chicken, so I paired it with the beans they usually avoid eating. You can customize the toppings as your preference. I would like to hear your healthy pizza toppings ideas too!
Here is my style. For the topping you need-
Garlic 4-6 cloves
Chicken Pieces 1 cup
Soaked & Boiled Beans ½ cup
Bell peppers (mixed) ½ cup
Parmesan and mozzarella cheese blended 2 cups
Since the pizzas do not take too long to bake so, you should precook the toppings.
1. Dry roast garlic with chicken pieces till the water in the chicken evaporates. Once you have garlic-flavored chicken on pizza, you’ll get the same delight as an Italian Sausage and Pepperoni topping.
2. Cook the beans to dry them further.
Layering of pizza-
The layering of pizza is an equally important thing to learn to avoid it getting soggy.
Layer 1- I use healthy pizza sauce made from organic tomatoes blend.
Layer 2- A mix of parmesan and mozzarella cheese
(i) Mix tomato sauce and beans. Reduce the water content by roasting them in a wok. Spread the mix on the half pizza base. Put on the bell peppers thereafter.
(ii) Spread the garlic-flavored chicken on another portion.
If you have been wondering how long to cook homemade pizza, this conclusive section of my blog will clear the sky.
Preheat the oven to 250-degree Celcius for 5 minutes. Place your pizza on the pizza stone and slide it in the oven for 10 minutes. Using the pizza stone ensures you will get a total restaurant-style result. Pizza stone helps the dough to rise completely and making the crust crispy.
I hope you’ll try this healthy pizza homemade restaurant-style recipe soon. Please share how it turned up, how your kids reacted to it, or any better idea to improve it. Waiting to see your comments below!
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