If you are looking for new and healthier ways to make pizza dough at home, here are three ideas that are sure to get your taste buds popping with pleasure.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Pizza dough made entirely of cauliflower may sound iffy, but give it a chance. It is actually really healthy and does not fall short in flavor. Plus, it’s gluten-free for anyone looking to cut out gluten from their diets. To prepare you simply need one pound of cauliflower florets and two eggs. Finely chop the cleaned florets in a food processor until it forms a thick paste. Microwave the paste in a microwave safe bowl for a minute. Place the mixture in a cheese towel and squeeze the excess moisture out. Mix in two eggs. Then, on a lined baking sheet, form the mixture into the shape of a round pizza crust. Bake in oven for 40 minutes at 400° F. Then top the dough with sauce, cheese, and any toppings you desire.
Quinoa Pizza Dough
Quinoa, which is pronounced keen-wah, is fast emerging as a tasty, healthy alternative to wheat-based flour. It is actually a seed packed with nutritious staples, like magnesium and protein. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free. Quinoa can be purchased in health food stores, and in the health food aisle at your local grocer. Simply rinse the seeds in a filter and dry them off before adding them to any recipe. Grind the in a food processor or blender to render it powdered. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of oil with one and a half cups of quinoa flour, a half cup of water, one teaspoon of salt, and any Italian seasonings you wish (in the amount of two teaspoons. When the dough is mixed, form it into a crust on a baking pan and cook in the oven at 375° F for ten minutes. Place toppings of your choice on cooked dough and cook for another ten minutes at the same temperature.
Half Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
One way to enjoy the standard homemade pizza dough with a healthier twist is to substitute half of the white flour with whole wheat flour. Doing this actually enhances the flavor of the dough, while delivering more fiber and nutrients. If you want to go all whole wheat, there are wonderful available for tasty whole wheat pizza crust. Or, you can mix in half whole-wheat with half regular all-purpose white flour in any recipe you find, if you want to keep the white flour flavor in the mix. Keep in mind that recipes using any flour derived from wheat do contain gluten.These are three delicious ideas for healthy pizza dough that you can make at home. So get to work and enjoy a pizza made by you, for you.