After months of hibernation, complete with hearty stews, roasts, and sweet holiday treats, who wants to start thinking about dieting? Definitely not me, which is why I don’t do them. However, I always have a pound or two that could use some shedding come summertime, which is why I like to do simple swaps like Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, ground turkey instead of 80/20 beef, and fresh fruit in place of pies. I don’t consider this dieting because I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up. I’m certainly not depriving myself of anything, besides some excess saturated fat and a few calories. I find that these swaps come naturally with warmer weather, anyway, and that they can really add up to some big changes. Continue reading
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (Adapted from Eating Well)
- 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as Fleischmann’s RapidRise
- 3/4 t salt
- 1 T honey
- 1/2-2/3 c. hot water, (120-130°F)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Mix hot water and honey in a bowl, add yeast. Wait a few minutes until it foams.
Add 1 ½ cups flour to food processor. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 t salt to the yeast mixture. Add to food processor and mix until it’s formed a ball. Try not to over-knead, so the dough won’t be too tough.
Put the ball of dough in a lightly floured bowl. Wait about 30 minutes to an hour for it to rise. Once it has doubled in size stretch it out to the shape and size you prefer, and then bake it in the oven at 450 for 5 minutes. This is preheating your dough.
Prepare your cheese sauce. I mixed about a cup of greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and a little bit o’ shredded Parmesan cheese in a food processor.
Cook your toppings. I pan fried 4 slices of thick cut bacon. Then I transferred them to a paper towel to drain oil. I sauteed sliced kale, sliced fennel bulb, one sliced shallot, 4 garlic cloves in the bacon grease for a few minutes before I took them off the heat.Assemble the pizza. Layer on the tomato sauce, cheese sauce, then toppings. Cook at 450 for 12 – 15 minutes.