Homemade Pizza

Pizza probably isn’t the first thing you think of when making a healthy homemade dinner choice. Fortunately, there are multiple swaps that can make it more calorie-conscious then ordering it in. Whole wheat dough, reduced fat cheese and lots of veggies, just to name a few (or, make it vegan using Daiya cheese or just veggies).

Typically when making homemade pizzas we’ll gather some friends and let everyone make their own individual pizza from the bar of toppings, using homemade dough from scratch or whole grain tortillas as a base, like this spicy little number.  Last night a friend and I got together to have a little pizza and beer and celebrate the Blazer’s first home [pre-season] game!

Ingredients (These will vary, but last nights selections):

  • Whole wheat dough (you can also use tortillas or your favorite gluten free crust!)
  • Pesto
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Reduced Fat mozzarella cheese, or Daiya Vegan Cheese if you avoid dairy
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/2 a pepper
  • Shrimp
  • Olive Oil

 //Pre Oven: Left half=Pesto, artichoke, shrimp Right half= Marinara, mushroom, pepper//

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Flatten dough as thin as possible [I’m more of the thin crust type]- We went for a rectangular shape
  • Spread a thin layer of pesto on 1/2 and marinara on the other
  • Sprinkle w/ cheese
  • Apply toppings (sliced mushroom, peppers, artichoke)
  • Optional to sprinkle w/ cheese again (It’s technically split into 4 squares… hence why the bottom half has more cheese and stray peppers…clearly not my half:))
  • Place pizza in oven
  • Cook shrimp in olive oil on skilit until almost cooked (pictured below)

//Grilled Shrimp//

  • Coat shrimp w/ a tbsp of pesto and dice
  • Once pizza is half-cooked, pull out and add shrimp
  • Cook for around 15 mins or until you can lift the bottom of pizza and see it browning
  • Let it cool then slice and enjoy!

//Final Result//

I have a strict rule where I must attempt to make each masterpiece slightly different from the last.  That being said, I may have to make an exception for the pesto/artichoke/shrimp half…topped with red pepper flakes and ranch for dipping makes it pretty hard to beat!  All and all, best part of the night… BLAZERS getting the win! Counting down the minutes till I see them live in action tomorrow!

❤ Jamie


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