Green Pizza Crust
I have a kid… and a husband… who love pizza! Luckily, the kid loves her vegetables but the husband… not so much. Either way, I am always looking for ways to make meals healthier. This idea seemed to come very easy to me since I add veggies to most of her meals on a daily basis (i.e. carrot rotli, zucchini rotli, etc). It’s almost second nature now… really!
Green pizza is exactly what we call it.
Whether you use kale, spinach, collard greens, or zucchini the addition of veggies gives us a peace of mind.
For my pizza crust flour, I use a mix of bisquick and 00 Flour. To it I add oil and a warm puree of vegetables. Spices are sometimes added according to the type of pizza that is in the making. This includes Italian Seasoning, cumin seeds, red chili powder, oil, ajwain seeds, etc. I knead the dough to be very soft versus hard. Soft enough to stretch with my hands and not have to use a rolling pin. The authentic way!
The best part about this dough is that, it needs about 5-10 minutes to rest and you can begin making the pizza ASAP!
Add healthy ingredients
You can also add flax seeds, hemp seeds, and/or even chia seeds to the dough. The below image has both in a powder/mill form. When transferring the rolled out pizza dough I find it easier to roll out the dough, then fold it in a triangle, lay it on the pan, and then finally unfold again.
Rolling the Green Pizza Dough
Once rolled out (about a quarter of an inch thick), place it on a pizza pan, puncture some holes with a fork or knife, and put the tray in a 375 degree heated oven for 7 minutes. After about 7 minutes remove the pan and add your toppings. Broil on low for about 5-7 minutes, remove from the oven and let it cool for about a minute, and enjoy!
What are your favorite toppings?
- bell peppers (capsicum)
- onions (all varieties)
- fresh garlic
- … the list is endless
- 1/2 cup Bisquick (or anything similar)
- 1/2 cup 00 flour
- 1/4 cup warm and pureed, green leaf vegetable (spinach, kale, etc)
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 tsp blended flax seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp blended chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp blended hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- red chili powder (optional)
- ajwain seeds (optional)
- all purpose flour for dusting ONLY
- pizza sauce
- toppings of choice
- dried oregano
Combine all of the ingredients for pizza dough and knead it into a soft dough.
Dust more all purpose flour over the dough and then cover with a damp paper/kitchen towel.
Let it sit in warm place for about 10 minutes.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Dust a surface with all purpose flour and roll out the dough into 1/4" thick pizza crust. (I like mine thin and crispy)
Lay the crust on a pizza pan, puncture holes with a fork, knife, or meat tenderizer to prevent rising, and bake for 5-7 minutes (will be based on thickness)
Remove the pizza from the oven.
Switch oven to Broil Mode.
Layer with pizza sauce, cheese, a sprinkle of oregano, and your favorite toppings.
Cook for an additional 7 minutes on (until cheese starts to brown a little).
Wait a few minutes before cutting with a pizza cutter. This will help prevent the cheese from sliding off.