Welcome to Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food! She is one of our Family Week partners. Read on to see this “real food” recipe for whole wheat pizzas even your kids will enjoy.
The best way to get your kids to eat healthy dinners is to get them involved in the cooking process! This pizza recipe can easily be divided into 4 or 5 dough balls so each member of the family can make their own. Put out little bowls of sauce, cheese, and other toppings for everyone to choose from and get to work together as a family. Your kids will have so much fun “being the chef” that they won’t even notice the crust is whole-wheat come dinnertime.
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tsp yeast (active dry yeast)
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur organic white whole-wheat flour)
- Tomato sauce
- Grated mozzarella cheese
- Cooking oil spray
- Other desired toppings such as sausage, mushrooms, vegetables, Parmesan cheese, pesto, goat cheese, arugula, olives, etc.
- Drop the yeast into the 1-cup of warm water and let it go to work for a few minutes. It should foam up a little bit.
- Stir the salt and olive oil into the yeast mixture.
- Pour the flour and yeast mixture into a food processor with a dough blade or into a mixer with a dough hook and turn on the machine. (You can also mix up this dough by hand.)
- You should end up with a ball chasing itself around the food processor.
- If the dough is too dry add warm water a teaspoon at a time and if it is too wet add flour 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Remove the ball from your food processor and knead into a smooth ball.
- Put the dough into a large ziplock bag or bowl covered with plastic wrap (put a touch of olive oil in and coat the inside of the bag/bowl first) then leave it in fridge for as little as 1 hour or overnight depending on how much time you have.
- It will rise on it’s own in the fridge.
- When ready to make the pizza preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
- Use a rolling pin to roll it out into the desired shape (don’t make it too thin!).
- Put the flat pizza dough on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil.
- Top the dough with homemade or organic tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings of your choice.
- Bake in a oven for about 8 – 10 min. or until crust & cheese are golden brown.
Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients as well as another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Yahoo!, The New York Times, and Jamie Oliver.