Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Veggie Delight Pizza with Two Ingredient Crust

This simple pizza is so good, it will be sure to become a family favorite! Chopped tomatoes, fresh zucchini, sliced mushrooms, artichoke, and cheddar cheese, sit atop a healthier Greek Yogurt crust. 

Pizza, a delicious and easy meal that as a family, or a couple you can create easily in your kitchen. My husband and me love, love, love pizza! We eat it often, and enjoy making it home made, as a date night activity. When I found a recipe for a Two-Ingredient crust I was so excited to try it. Pizza crust can take a long time to make, which can sometimes to buying a pre-made pizza instead. I tend to feel healthier when I make things at my home, and it’s a fun family activity.

A view of the ingredients you'll need from you pantry! Keep these items on hand, to create this easy pizza crust, any time you're craving pizza!
The Two (or three!) ingredient crust is so easy to make, you just put the ingredients into a bowl, and mix! This pizza is so easy, and super affordable. I love how versatile pizza can be, depending on what you have in your cupboard, it can be simple as cheese, or as complex as you’d like to make it. The nice thing about summer is you can find fresh veggies like zucchini and tomatoes at the farmers markets, they’re also easy to grow in a garden. I used a zucchini right from my garden for this Veggie Pizza.

Start with your pizza crust! As the name says, the crust consists of 2 or 3 ingredients. You mix together in a bowl 1 cup of self-rising * flour (I used half whole wheat flour, and half white flour in mine) and 1 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt. I like to add 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning to my crust, for added flavor, but any type of seasoning you think would be good will work.

* Don't worry if you don't have self-rising flour. You can make your own by combining 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of salt. (This is what I did, since I don't have self-rising flour)

Mix all of the ingredients for the pizza crust together in a medium sized bowl until they form a ball. Spray your pan with a non-stick spray and place the pizza dough in the center of the pan. Work the dough out to the edge from the center, by pushing down with your palms and fingers until the dough has spread out. If the dough is sticky, add a little bit of flour to the top of it until you can spread it out easily.

My husband and I love to eat pizza, so I decided to double this recipe. Doubling the recipe makes enough Pizza for the two of us, plus left overs. I recommend doubling the recipe if you like Pizza.
Here are the ingredients I used to top this pizza. Zucchini and tomatoes are both found at the farmers market, but if you're like me, and enjoy making meals quickly, try getting canned diced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and minced garlic. I also used canned artichoke hearts.

Once your pizza crust is ready, set it aside to prep your veggies. I am a big believer in making things quicker and easier when it comes to cooking, by having certain things on hand. One of the items I like to keep my pantry stocked with is canned diced tomatoes. They certainly came in handy for this pizza. However, eating fresh diced tomatoes is slightly healthier, because you are keeping more of the nutrients, than you would in a canned item. 

I used two 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, and drained and rinsed them well. I then placed them in a bowl with a 1/2 tsp of minced garlic*, 1/2-1 Tablespoon of olive oil, and dash of salt. Mix these ingredients together, and set aside. Thinly slice the mushrooms and zucchini, drain and rinse the artichoke well, and grate your cheese. 

*if you don't have minced garlic, you can use 1/2 a tsp of garlic powder

 Before layering your pizza crust, coat the crust with a lite amount of olive oil, and cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Begin layering the crust with cheese, followed by the zucchini, top with the tomato mixture, mushrooms, and artichokes. Sprinkle a little bit of cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.

Top with cheese, and pop it in the oven. 20-30 minutes later you'll be eating a delicious, and healthier pizza!

Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes, slice and enjoy! To make it a MyPlate approved meal, serve it with a fruit salad.

Here is the recipe below.

Another way to create a simple pizza, is by following a few simple steps. Just choose an item from each category and follow the directions. Use your imagination! Each pizza idea below serves four adults.

1.      Choose/prepare a crust

Options: homemade crust ( Greek yogurt crust, or any crust recipe you like), pre-made crust from store, flour tortilla, flat bread, pita bread, English muffin, bagel, French bread.

2.     Choose a Sauce
Tomato paste thinned with water or tomato sauce + basil + oregano + pepper
Re-fried beans or bean dip
Barbecue Sauce
Sweet chili sauce (found in Asian aisle of grocery store)
Peanut sauce –peanut butter thinned with hot water + soy sauce + sugar + garlic + crushed red pepper

3.     Choose Flavors
1-2 teaspoons dried herbs as needed according to sauce (oregano, basil, cumin, chili powder, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, crushed red pepper, etc.)
Salt and pepper to taste

4.     Choose toppings
Green pepper
Red pepper
Banana Pepper
Dried cranberries
Ground Beef

Prepare homemade crust and set aside to rise. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare sauce and toppings. Spray baking pan or pizza pan with cooking spray. Roll crust out and place on pan. Top with sauce and toppings. Bake approximately 10-12 minutes or until crust is cooked and sauce is bubbly.

Create a Pizza, Additional Recipes to try:

Mexican Spicy Bean Pizza
• 1 whole-wheat pizza crust (see below)
• 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
• ½ to 1 (15 oz.) can re-fried beans
• 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
• ¾ cup sliced bell pepper
• ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
• ½ cup grated Monterrey jack cheese (optional)
 • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• ¼ cup mango

Whole-wheat Pizza Dough
 • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
• 1 ½ tablespoons yeast
 • 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
• 1¼ cup water
• 1 teaspoon canola oil (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add water and oil and mix well to incorporate flour mixture. Form dough into ball. Let rise 10 minutes while covered with clean towel. Roll out in pizza shape. Cover with favorite toppings.

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Put pizza crust on baking sheet or pizza pan. Spread tomato paste and re-fried beans over crust. Arrange corn, bell pepper, and onion over beans. Sprinkle with cheese and red pepper flakes. Bake 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Yield: 4 servings

 Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Pizza
• 1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• ¼ cup water or broth
• Pinch of sugar
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 2 large whole wheat flour tortillas or flat bread
• Cooking spray
• ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
• 6 – 8 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
• Salt and pepper to taste

 Preheat oven to 450° F. Saute the sliced onions in olive oil and small amount of water or broth and cook 30 minutes or more, stirring occasionally, until the onions reach a dark brown color. Add water in small amounts as needed to keep onions from burning. Add a pinch of sugar and the balsamic vinegar. Cook a few more minutes and remove from heat. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Place tortillas or flat bread on baking sheet and lightly spray each one with cooking spray. Sprinkle each tortilla with cheese, then mushrooms, then caramelized onions, then salt and pepper. Bake until the crust is crisp and brown, 5-10 minutes.

 Yield: 2 servings

A pantry that is stocked with whole foods will help you create great tasting homemade pizzas like these! You can change the taste of basic ingredients in your dish simply by changing the herbs and spices you use.

For instance, use these herbs and spices to get these flavors:

Mexican-use cumin, oregano, chili powder, cilantro, and garlic
Italian-use basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic
Asian-use soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chilies, and turmeric
Savory/Thanksgiving-use rosemary, sage, thyme, and parsley

*This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. Utah State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.

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