Monday, June 15, 2009

Whole Grain Garden Veggie Pizza


How do you like your pizza? With 4 cheese topping, or vegetables & cheese ,or veggie ,meat & cheese combo?. I like mine with generous topping of vegetables with cheese to a minimum,by generous I don't mean loads that will the soak the pizza wet.I mean more variety and preferably garden fresh vegetables.
Whether Chicago style deep-dish crust or New york style thin crust,adding whole grains to the crust is eating smart.If not completely whole grain ,half whole grain and half all-purpose flour is better than an zero fiber crust.
And flavor as per your taste buds,while some of us like it mild with no spices then there are others who like it all spiced up like this Chicken Tikka pizza,which reminded of the pizzeria in my hometown that we always loved to eat out during the good-old college years.Fast forward 8 years I can bake my own pizza ,I first tasted this specialty pizza at Giuseppe's,that intimated me to top with variety of fresh veggies.Customized with my favorite ingredients I present this fresh-from-the-oven pizza,for a fun family pizza night.

Bon Appetit!

Recipe
Ingredients
For Dough
2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon Flax seed meal/ground flax seed
1 active dry yeast pack,about 1 1/2 teaspoon
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 cup warm water
3/4 teaspoon Salt
For the Topping
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup spinach
1 cup of vegetables ,I used combination of Chopped broccoli and sliced Mushrooms
1 Ripe medium tomato,sliced
1 small Onion,sliced
1 cup Italian Pizza Sauce
1 teaspoon chili flakes
Handful of fresh basil leaves,torn in pieces
1/2 cup partly skimmed mozzarella cheese,shredded


Method
Prepare the dough
Dissolve the yeast in warm water, stir in the sugar and allow the yeast to get frothy, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl combine the flour,salt and flax seed meal. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil and knead until well combined.Apply some more oil on the sides of the bowl cover and allow to rise until double it size about 1-2 hours.
Prepare topping
Wilt the spinach by cooking about 1-2 minutes in boiling water.drain and squeeze out excess water from the spinach.Keep aside for topping.
Mix rest of the vegetables & basil except the tomatoes in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil and chilli flakes.Keep aside
Bake
Preheat oven to 450F.
Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface,knead lightly.Roll and press out to a round pizza about 10-12 inches,place on the baking tray or pizza stone.
Spread the sauce over pizza base to withing 1cm of the edge.Sprinkle the vegetable mixture,wilted spinach,cheese and tomato slices all over.
Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust has risen and is golden and the cheese has melted.Cut in wedges and serve warm.



This is my entry for BBD #21 -Pizza Party,celebrating 2 year anniversary.

38 comments:

Parita said...

what a coincidence, i just posted a pizza too :) your veggie pizza looks grt, i like whole wheat ones!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow..perfect yummy pizza

DEESHA said...

Please pass me a slice ...

VineelaSiva said...

Wow healthy pizza.Its very tempting to have that piece.

Varsha Vipins said...

Wah..that looks fab..which is that cheese Yasmeen?bok choy cubes?I havent made pizza again after that n planning to make it like u did(whole wheat+flax) net time..Thanks for linking me dear..:)

Poornima Nair said...

Thats an awesome Pizza...looks delicious.

Yasmeen said...

bok choy cubes?!...lol.Its Mozza-rella:)

Pavithra said...

Wow yasmeen, pizza is really looking so yumm and wish to have a slice. That too multi grain yah then anyone can eat guilt free. THanks for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely comments

meeso said...

Pizza can be such a healthy treat if made right... This looks healthy and so delicious, perfect!

Gita said...

Wow...very colorful pizza Yasmeen....love your idea of adding flaxseeds to the dough. Looks divine and healthy :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

veggie pizza with those fiber content seems so healthy. ...mmmm...yummy.

Uma said...

yummy pizza!! looks so gorgeous.

Sunshinemom said...

Simply gorgeous! I love mushrooms on top:)

Sweta said...

Oh this is definitely my kind of pizza-whole,wheat,flax,veggies!!!Excellent :)

Cynthia said...

I love your new header. That Popsicle would hit the right spot if I could have it now :)

5 Star Foodie said...

I would love a slice of this delicious looking pizza! Yum!

aquadaze said...

this is perfect, never made my base with whole wheat flour, will try this out soon!

Bergamot said...

The pizza looks yummy and of course it's healthy too.

Preeti Singh said...

The pizza looks great...whole wheat and vegi making it healthy and tempting.... Healthy again :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks mouthwatering! Using whole grain is good idea!

Prathibha said...

That is a completely packed Healthy Pizza...Looks yumm.

Curry Leaf said...

Delicious and filling and wholesome.I am running out of words here.Perfect and healthy

zorra said...

Wonderful idea to make a whole wheat crust and the topping is just awesome!

veena said...

Hi Yasmeen ..
I am here after a long time ..Pizza looks so great ..

Muneeba said...

Pizza looks crunchy and gooey - just the right balance :)

Pooja said...

Delicious n healthy Pizza Yasmeen! I too love to top my pizza with just enough cheese and lots of veggies!

The Purple Foodie said...

A flaxseed and whole wheat dough sounds perfect for my mum who keeps telling me to curtain all the whites I use in my cooking/baking.

nick said...

Awesome!this is how nutritious a pizza should always be,then it will be a Junk food no more.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

love to have Italian cheese and lotsa pepper and Onion with a healthy dough base... Looks awesome and tempting!!!

Divya Vikram said...

i love to make pizzas at home! lovely recipe!

Happy cook said...

Wow that pizza is gorgeous and so so delicous.

Varunavi said...

Wow perfect pizza,i am planning to make pizza this weekned will use ur recipe :)

Silly said...

I wish all pizzas were this healthy.

Hilliard said...

Wholesome pizza,love all the toppings

Bharti said...

Ah! home made guilt free pizza..the best!

zorra said...

Yum, looks great! I would like to have a piece of it right now.

Lisa Michelle said...

What a lovely veggie pizza, so delicious looking! I especially LOVE the flax seed in the crust. A pizza that not only tastes great, but is good for you!

Anonymous said...

I was pleasantly surprised at how great this crust is! I followed the recipe but I added Canadian bacon (hubby needs meat on his pizza:-)) and more cheese. Thanks for the great recipe--will definitely make again

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