It’s no surprise. Pizza is America’s favorite food, according to a survey from Oxfam. Pizza is the top choice for birthday parties, gameday food, group events and Friday nights when Mom doesn’t feel like cooking. Favorite food runners-up included steak, chicken, Mexican food and pasta. Why do we love this flat, round food that comes in a box? It’s probably because of the high fat and sodium content. One slice of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut contains 203 calories, 9 grams of fat and 680 mg of sodium (Source: Calorie Count). Pizza may be what our stomachs crave, but pizza can cause bloating, heartburn and indigestion.
It’s not really the pizza that is to blame; it’s how we choose to prepare it. Pizza can actually be very healthy when using fresh vegetables, whole wheat flour and a conservative amount of cheese. The flavor of fresh ingredients can win out over the flavor of greasy pepperoni and double-cheese. Pizza can actually be quite colon-friendly when using whole wheat flour, which contains 12 to 14 grams of fiber per cup. Fiber creates bulk in the intestines and remove harmful bacteria and toxins from the gut. Eating a diet that is high in fiber is one step that you can take to actively prevent colon cancer.
When you crave pizza, try this simple, healthy recipe straight from Italy. The Whole Wheat Pizza Margherita will satisfy your taste buds and nourish your colon too!
Makes three 12” pizzas
What You Will Need:
For Pizza Dough
For Tomato Sauce
In a kitchen mixer with dough hook attachment on a low speed, combine warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Slowly add in the whole wheat and all-purpose flour. Add salt and mix together until all ingredients are incorporated and a sticky dough ball is formed. Remove the dough and add a little flour and knead by hand to get a nice round ball.
Add dough to an oiled bowl and coat the entire ball with a small amount of oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
In the meantime, on medium heat sauté onions, garlic and chili flakes in a little olive oil. Then add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
After the dough has risen divide into 3 equal balls. With a rolling pin or by hand, flatten and stretch the dough into a large thin circle. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Transfer dough to an inverted nonstick cookie sheet that has been lightly oiled. Top with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven, top with fresh torn basil, and serve.posted on October 11, 2013 in news