Who doesn’t love pizza? It is, hands down, Will and Lidia’s favorite food. I have been perfecting homemade, low calorie, tasty pizza for a while. My kids actually prefer my healthy pizza to eating out.
The key to good pizza is the sauce. The Fiore family red sauce is simple, healthy, easy, and good enough to drink.
When it comes to cheese, remember this tip:
less is more. I know it is easy to get excited about cheese, but too much can ruin a good pie (not to mention the unnecessary calories).
Lastly, don’t be intimidated by making your own pizza dough. It is a pretty simple process, it just takes a bit of time. I like to make a double or triple batch, portion the dough into individual portions, wrap in plastic, and keep in the freezer for months. On a busy day, you can pull the dough balls out of the freezer (they only take a couple of hours to defrost at room temperature), add your sauce, toppings, and cheese, and bake.
Many people ask me how I find the time to make everything from scratch. If I set aside some time each week (or an hour or two a day),I make large batches of several foods and freeze. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to have a stocked pantry and freezer full of healthy food for your family to enjoy.
Add the tomatoes, wine, and water. Stir well. Bring mixture to a simmer, and reduce by half or until thickened, at least one hour.
Note: If you want to use whole tomatoes, you can blend the the sauce after you cook it. A hand blender or speed controlled blender works well to keep a nice consistency.
Yield: 3cups sauce. 194 calories/cup.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly dust work surface. Roll dough out to a 1/8 inch circle. Place dough on a sheet tray. Spread 1/2 cup of sauce covering the dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella. Bake pizza in the oven, about 12 minutes. Start with the pizza on the lower rack in the oven, moving it to the upper rack halfway through the cooking process. Cook until the cheese begins to turn brown. Let the pizza cool enough to handle, and transfer to a cutting board and slice into 6-8 pieces.
I’m usually pretty crafty when it comes to sneaking veggies into Will and Lidia’s food. They do not, however, like for me to mess with their pizza. As far as my food is concerned, I try and cram as many veggies as possible into my meals. For the record, when it comes to vegetables, I generally don’t include them in my calorie count. I don’t think I will fail to benefit in any way, shape, or form from eating more vegetables.
So when it comes to my pizza I usually trade in the mozzarella for some feta, and come up with a creative and exciting vegetable combination. I’m not opposed to olive oil, I know that it contains “good fat,” and is good for you. It is, however, very high in calories (120 cals/Tblsp), and it adds up. Since there is already a good amount of olive oil in the sauce, I only use a quick spray pam olive oil spray for sauteing and roasting vegetables.