Who says pizza only makes you pile on the pounds? You can enjoy a healthy version of this tasty treat just by tweaking the recipe slightly.
For starters, changing the pizza base can make a lot of difference. If you’re making it at home, use wheat flour mixed with refined. Or buy a whole-wheat pizza base instead of a maida one. And instead of processed cheese, use low-fat cottage cheese as topping and load it with vegetables to balance its nutritional value. Check out the Healthy Pizza recipe we’ve given below:
For the sauce
1 ½ cup of tomato puree
½ cup carrots, steamed and pureed
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
½ to 1 tsp dry oregano or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
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2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
For the paneer
125-150 gms paneer, cubed
4 tbsp hung curd
1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, sliced long and fine
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste (more garlic than ginger)
¼ tsp haldi
½ tsp dhania powder
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp tandoori masala (use garam masala powder as substitute)
½ tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
¼ to ½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste
Two whole-wheat pizza bases
Olive oil for basting
- Whisk the dahi with ginger-garlic paste, ajwain, salt, lemon juice and the dry spice powders till its smooth. Add the paneer and diced veggies to the marinade, ensuring they are evenly coated. Cover and set aside for an hour.
- Heat olive oil in a small pan. Add garlic and sauté; add tomato puree. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees C. Brush some olive oil on the pizza base. Spread the tomato pizza sauce; then add the marinated paneer cubes and vegetables. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the paneer is light brown. Serve hot with red chilli flakes for extra zing.
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