Monday, January 14, 2013

Your healthier pizza or a Monday night dinner

On Monday nights I always cook something that's quick and simple. Oh wait... actually "quick and simple" describe the meals I make on Tuesdays too. As well as on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. And most Saturdays and Sundays. I like to cook stuff that's quick and simple.  But Monday night I go with extra simple. If you have some pizza dough in your fridge, pizza becomes the easiest thing to cook.

Sometimes I make my own dough, in which case I always make extra to freeze. For pizza dough I like to use the Pioneer Woman's recipe. Try it out! But frankly, most of the time I just buy it. I think it's just as good. As long as you have some defrosted dough, you can make pizza in as little as 20 minutes. Anything can go on pizza, that's why everyone loves it so much. I especially like it now that Allie eats what we eat for dinner, because you can put anything [healthy] you want on it, and Allie will eat it, as long as it's a pizza. Get some whole wheat dough to make it even healthier.

Tonight's version of pizza was

Whole-wheat spinach and mushroom pizza

10 oz whole wheat pizza dough
3/4 C tomato sauce
1 C loosely packed spinach
4-6 mushrooms (depending on the size), sliced
3/4 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
salt and olive oil
Basil (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Spread the dough out on an oiled baking sheet. I usually just stretch it with my hands  and then finish by stretching it with my fingers right on the baking sheet. It doesn't need to be a perfect rectangular or a circle. Imperfect shapes looks more rustic and taste more delicious, I think!  

Spread tomato sauce evenly on the crust and top with spinach and then mushrooms.  Sprinkle some salt over your spinach and mushrooms.Don't skip this step, it really makes a different and gives pizza more flavor.

Top with mozzarella. 

You may end up using smaller amounts of the ingredients than I did, depending on how thick or thin your crust is. The thing that I always need to remind myself is not to overload it. If the filling is too heavy, it won't be fun eating it and the crust will just become soggy.

Place the pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the crush is golden and cheese is melted and a bit brown. I love to top it with lots of fresh basil, but Allie is not a fan, so the basil only goes on a half of pizza. MJ could care less if it has or doesn't have the basil. He cares about the meat (that was replaced by mushrooms in this case).

Another cool trick is to drizzle it with some really good olive oil.  I have this amazing white truffle oil that I bought years ago and use it for occasions just like that.


P.S. Allie could not get enough of this pizza!

1 comment:

  1. Катюха! Ты супер! Теперь я твоя поклонница!