Am I the only person that when I decide to eat healthy or get into training, suddenly decides to crave crap food that I never want at any other time?! Seriously, it is so frustrating.
One thing that I rarely crave, but really enjoy when I have it is pizza. I eat it only every few months and when I do I hold out for the good stuff, namely Lou Malnati’s extra crispy thin crust with black olives. Mmmm, see I could go for some right now!
I typically avoid pizza because it is chock full of unnecessary carbs (unless you are running an ultra tomorrow) and laden in grease and other unhealthy ingredients. But sometimes a girl has gotta have her pizza.
The other day I decided I wanted to go ahead and have some but on my own terms. I went grocery shopping while my husband was at work. I then took off for a run and when I got home my husband had a big smile on his face, “I see ingredients for pizza. Is that for dinner?” Apparently he lives a deprived life.
So we set out to make a “healthier” version of a pizza. The best part was, it was so easy and absolutely delicious. We both agreed that this such a great meal and would be a perfect idea for a dinner party. You could prep them ahead of time and then throw them in the oven. Slice them up into small squares and people will go crazy for them.
The secret to my pizza is to buy the tube of Pillsbury pizza dough. They do make a reduced fat version, but if you have been reading my journey with this blog, I feel like it is ok to skip that sometimes to avoid the other additives. You can certainly make your own dough or buy real pizza dough in bags at many grocery stores. This dough however has a nice light sweet flavor that gives it almost a bruschetta taste. It transforms the crust in a way that despite not being your favorite takeout will leave you happy.
I used Patsy’s puttanesca sauce because I love the flavor of the olives and capers but you can easily use pizza sauce or even fresh or canned tomatoes. We also used goat cheese to eliminate the lactose but you can use any cheese. The goat cheese gave it a great salty flavor and you really didn’t have to use as much as other cheeses may require. I love olives on my pizza so we added a nice mix. Don’t be afraid to generously top with chopped basil.
Tube of Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or other pizza dough)
Jar of your favorite pizza sauce, tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes.
Goat cheese or any other cheese
Heat oven to 400º. Grease a baking sheet. I actually spread a thin layer of coconut oil because we didn’t have any cooking spray on hand. Roll out the dough and spread evenly. Pinch the ends to make a “crust.” Bake for approximately 6-8 minutes until it is just a bit crispy.
Pull pizza back out and add a thin layer of sauce and then cheese and toppings. Bake again for approximately 8-10 minutes or until crust is nice and crispy and golden brown. If you like your crust a little crispier pull it out of the oven and place on a wire rack and then back for 2-3 more minutes.
What is your favorite topping for pizza? Are you like me and can eat a full pie on your own (and then whine about it)?