Simple Healthy Pizza Recipes

Everybody loves pizza, but there is no denying that it can quickly get unhealthy, especially if it is from your local takeaway or the kids want to get involved.

With just a few tweaks and some healthy pizza recipes, you can turn your occasional treat into a regular midweek meal. One of the most significant changes you can make is swapping to a whole wheat base rather than entirely white flour.

Easy to Make Pizza Ideas

We have picked two healthy recipes so you can make the most of your pizza without having to pile the salad up on the side of the plate or limit yourself to two slices, starting with the base:

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

You will need:

  • 100g whole wheat flour
  • 100g strong all-purpose white flour
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 125ml warm water

Method:

  1. Add the flours, yeast, salt and sugar to a large mixing bowl and combine
  2. Pour in the water and mix to a soft dough
  3. Remove the dough and roll out on a lightly floured flat surface. Place onto a baking tray or pizza stone
  4. Top with some of the following ingredients for a healthy treat

Super Healthy Whole Wheat Margherita Pizza

The following recipe is based on a classic Margherita with the tomato base, cheese and herbs. However, there are some little changes which will make sure you get your five a day, and it adds to the taste.

Super Healthy Whole Wheat Margherita PizzaYou will need:

  • 200g canned tomatoes, excess juice drained
  • 1 large courgette
  • 1 handful spinach
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • A handful of mushrooms, sliced
  • 25g low-fat mozzarella, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp basil, finely chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C
  2. Spread the tinned tomatoes over the base, leaving 2 cm around the edge for the crust
  3. Top with the vegetables and sprinkle with mozzarella and garlic
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden
  5. Sprinkle pizza evenly with vinegar and basil before serving

Rainbow Veggie Pizza

A great way to get your five a day, this pizza would also be great if you have any leftover vegetables from last nights dinner, or you need to try and encourage the kids to eat their veg. The colours won’t be hidden under a mound of cheese, so it will look pretty on your plate.

You will need:

  • 200g tin of tomatoes, drained
  • 25g low-fat mozzarella
  • Mix of colourful vegetables – we like broccoli, green pepper, yellow pepper, red pepper, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, and red onion

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Spread the tinned tomatoes evenly over the base, leaving 2cm around the edge for the crust
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top
  4. Chop the vegetables into small chunks or cubes
  5. Layer the vegetables in coloured rows of green (pepper and broccoli), yellow (pepper and sweetcorn), red (pepper and tomatoes) and finally purple with the onion
  6. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are all cooked, and crust is golden

 

To make your pizza taste even better and give it the perfect wood-fired taste while keeping it healthy, use an outdoor pizza oven. You can even get some fancy indoor pizza makers now which can be used throughout the year in all weathers. Read our reviews of the best pizza ovens available here.

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