PIZZA!!! (In Moderation…)
Moderation is the key to a successful diet. There is no way around it. This not only relates to portion control for everything you put in your mouth, but also relates to moderating the unhealthy choices. You will never be successful in any kind of diet if you don’t allow yourself “cheat” meals. (For the record, I HATE that term. You shouldn’t feel guilty about eating…ever.) “Cheat” meals really just refer to items that should be consumed in moderation. Like PIZZA! Here is a delicious and easy way to make homemade pizza (which is always a healthier alternative to eating out where you can’t control how much oil is used or the quality of the ingredients being used). Bon appetite!
Easy Cast Iron Pizza
- Store Bought Pizza Dough – preferably whole wheat (we use Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s also sells one)
- Store Bought marinara (look for SIMPLE ingredients, no soy, no sugar. Whole Food’s options are great)
- Mozzarella (shredded)
- Mixed Mushrooms (baby bellas or cremini and White button are fine)
- Onion (sliced thin)
- Kale (de-ribbed, chopped. About 1 cup)
- Olive Oil
- Italian Seasoning (optional)
- Parmesan (optional)
- Coat a cast iron pan with extra virgin olive oil and run a garlic clove around for seasoning. Plop your dough down into the pan and push it up around the sides about 1 to 1.5 inches. Let rest for a 1 hour while preparing the rest of your toppings.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Sautee kale, mushrooms, and onions in 1 tbs. olive oil until the start to soften.
- Once dough is ready, place marinara in center of dough and spread it to the edges of the pan. Be generous here. Then, add mozzarella. Add veggies to top of mozzarella. Season with italian seasonings (dried basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper, etc.) and grated parmesan cheese if you wish.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese and sauce are bubbly. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting, then serve immediately!
Let us know what you think!!