I think the key to any successful eating plan (I like that term over ‘die-ting’) is allowing yourself to indulge from time to time. My favorite ‘cheat’ meal tends to be a slice of pizza from Whole Foods. They use fresh ingredients and hearth-fire the pizza, really giving you a not-so bad slice of pizza. You aren’t getting imitation ‘fake’ cheese, tons of grease and cholesterol and they offer a wide-range of toppings and variety. I usually go for a simple cheese but they have vegetable-topped pizza that I’ve tried from occasion. This isn’t at all the definitive Whole Food pizza recipe but something adapted from their ingredients list to give you a way to cook it at home/
“I’m Gonna Eat the ‘Whole’ Damn Thing” Pizza-
Cheese: A mix of jack, mozzarella and Parmesan
Pizza sauce (olive oil, salt, oregano, tomato paste, water, basil)
Pizza crust (unbleached flour, sugar, canola oil, salt, yeast, water)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of flour (unbleached or wheat), 2.5 oz of self-rising yeast, salt and teaspoon of sugar. Add in 1 cup of very warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil or canola oil (both have health benefits). Knead for about 5 minutes into a ball or until dough is well mixed. Let it stand for 10 minutes in a warm place.
3. After 1o minutes, roll out dough onto well-greased pizza pan. Place in the oven and bake until crust is slightly brown (approx. 10 minutes or less).
5. Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Add pizza sauce to crust (store bought or mix a teaspoon of olive oil with a can of tomato paste, a little water, chopped basil, parsley and oregano leaves). Garnish with cheese mixture and your toppings of choice. For a ‘vegetarian delight’ pizza, add red onions, sweet bell peppers, mushrooms and chopped broccoli. For others, the crust itself is super healthy (it’s vegan, not so fattening) so choose a lean meat/protein. Skip fattening meats like sausage, ham and pepperoni (try turkey pepperoni instead).
6. Place back into oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes. Remove, let cool, slice and serve.
Note: This pizza is figure friendly because the crust is pretty much vegan (meaning a lack of dairy that’ll turn into fat when consumed). Adding vegetables is a great way to boost the health content, add in some fiber and get more vegetables into your daily meals. You can garnish the finished product with spinach or basil leaves for added affect and presentation.