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How to Make Healthy, Homemade Pizza

How to Make Healthy, Homemade Pizza

I know, I know. You want to eat healthier this year, and that may not go along with your idea of eating pizza. I want to eat healthier this year, too.

But why does pizza need to be an unhealthy food? I’m not talking frozen pizzas with unidentifiable ingredients or delivery pizzas covered in grease — I’m talking homemade crusts, homemade sauce, and homemade cheese, which can add up to be a superbly delicious and nutritional creation.

Interested? Here’s how to get started:

First, gather the tools you’ll need. The more sustainable the tool, the better. You can even use unexpected items, such as substituting a ceramic floor tile for a baking stone — it’ll cost about one-tenth the price!

Then, the toppings. Forget about buying prepared pizza sauce and bland pizza dough. Preparing the sauce and dough yourself from scratch will give you control over the ingredients and will help you turn out the tastiest pizza imaginable. You can experiment with the crust — try making it extra crispy, or incorporating hearty, nutritious cornmeal for a whole new texture.

By making a big batch of dough and saving it in the freezer, you can use it for weeks, whenever you need a quick meal.

Choosing quality, seasonal toppings is important, too — load up on fresh veggies, and the taste of your pizza will get a super-nutritional boost. And if you can’t get your kids to eat vegetables on top, do as this tip suggests and blend the veggies in with the sauce. They’ll never know the difference!

Finally, the best part — tasting your creation, without worrying about kicking your new year’s resolutions to the curb. Bon appétit!

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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3:48PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Love pizza!!

12:50AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:58PM PDT on May 4, 2013

It just sounds so gooood! Thanks

11:58AM PDT on May 4, 2013

I love self-made pizza. This weekend I baked a onion pie. Delicious.

7:40AM PDT on May 4, 2013

I might try doing this, quite easy.

8:59PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Thanks for the suggestions although I would have loved a dough recipe. I received a pizza stone more than 20 years ago for a wedding gift and am still using it. I also use it to reheat and bake things.

2:29PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Great post.Thanks for sharing

1:25PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


7:18AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Homemade cheese... Should the flour also be homemade, from home-grown wheat?

7:17AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

thank you

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