Category: Pizzas

Why Cheat Days are Awesome:

Most of us who consciously eat healthy and lean need a seventh day of rest — a cheat day when you throw caution to the wind and treat yourself to something decadent. This is a good idea on many levels because it compensates for the possibly low-calorie intake during the other days and also saves you from feeling deprived. A cheat day is one of the most important means of making sure you don’t fall off the wellness wagon.

What I Did on My Most Recent Cheat Day:

I made a moderately cheesy Chicken Kabab Pizza! Yes, I swapped a 100% whole wheat crust for a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.

How I Made This Plate of Awesomeness:

First, I made dough using Wolfgang Puck’s  pizza dough recipe. I did a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour — feel free to pick your ratio, after all, it’s your day off!

While I waited for the yeast to do its magic, I marinated pieces of chicken (0.53 kgs or 1.16 pounds) in a freshly ground masala made from — Five dried red chilies, one teaspoon of coriander seeds*, one teaspoon of cumin seeds*, one stick of cinnamon*, two cloves, two pods of cardamom, two bay leaves, six raisins, a pinch of turmeric (optional) and salt. I added to this mix paste from two fat garlic pods, one inch cube of ginger and a tablespoon of yogurt.

After an hour, I baked the chicken in an oven pre-heated to 500 F or 260 C for 15 minutes.  Then, I rolled out the dough, brushed the raw crust with a little chili-garlic oil — one tablespoon of canola oil blended with a pod of garlic and a red chili. I then topped it off with shredded mozzarella and baked chicken pieces cut into strips.(You could also mix the chili oil with the cheese) The pizza was baked for 12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes to figure out how much longer you need to bake your pizza. I garnished my pizza with chopped cilantro i.e. coriander leaves.

Of course, you can add onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, purple cabbage or any other veggies of your choice to the pizza.

* If you do not have or cannot find coriander and cumin seeds or any of the spices, feel free to use the ground versions available at any major grocery store.

Purple Cabbage and Sesame Pizza

Red Cabbage and Sesame Pizza

What I love about pizza is that you can play with it! This time I went the Asian route with cabbage, green onions and sesame. You could add mushrooms or bok choy in the mix too! Using well-seasoned veggies on a whole wheat crust is a guaranteed way to have a delicious and healthy meal:).

For those who want to replicate my creation, here’s the recipe: Make a whole wheat crust using  Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Dough Recipe. I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.  Once the dough is ready to be used, cut the red cabbage into thin strips. Mix it with some chopped green onions. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 500 F or 260 C. Roll out the dough to the desired size and shape and, brush with oil. Spread the vegetable mixture onto the pizza. Top off with a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds. Bake the pizza in the oven for seven minutes. Then add, some tomato slices to the pizza and bake the pizza for another 5-6 minutes. Add a drizzle of soy sauce and / sesame oil to the pizza before eating.

We all love a classic potato leek soup and for good reason — potato and leek combine to give a sublime flavor. Now add to this duo smoked gouda cheese and a thin crust and voila you got yourself a true masterpiece.

All you have to do is make or buy pizza dough. I generally use Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Dough Recipe. I must say that I do substitute sugar for honey sometimes and the dough turns out just fine.

To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 500 F or 260 C. Peel and slice the potatoes thin but not very thin, preferably using a mandoline. Chop leeks into rings. For two smallish potatoes I use a third of a leek (that includes the white and green parts) and that makes one large pizza. Coat a skillet with olive oil and heat it. Add in the potato slices and season with salt, chili powder and turmeric. Stir occasionally. Half way through the potatoes cooking, add in the leek rings and cook. Meanwhile roll out the pizza dough and lay it on a pizza pan or stone. Layer the pizza lightly with shredded smoked gouda cheese. Spread out the potatoes and leeks over the cheese and top it off with a light sprinkling of cheese. Coat the outer crust with some of the oil left over in the skillet. Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or till the crust browns slightly. Garnish with sliced basil or baby spinach leaves if you like.


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