Munchy Monday: homemade pizza

Almost everyone loves pizza, including kids.  But when you order pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut, what kind of additives and things are you ingesting?  Making your own pizza may sound intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it’s really not hard!  For a healthy crust, use this recipe:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001506.html

It uses white whole wheat flour, giving you the health benefits of a whole wheat flour, without being as heavy as regular whole wheat pasta.  I use my bread machine on the dough setting to do all the work, so I never have to mix or knead.  It’s almost a labor-free process!  If making a perfectly round pizza seems like too much of a hassle, press the dough into a 9 by 13 inch pan and make pan pizza instead.

I’m still searching for a perfect sauce from scratch, without using canned tomatoes.  But in the meantime, this makes a really tasty sauce:

http://southernfood.about.com/od/pizzarecipes/r/bl40129i.htm

You can also use barbecue sauce, or white sauce.  If possible, get a block of mozzarella cheese and grate it yourself.  Often pre-grated cheeses have additives.  As for toppings, go crazy!  Kids will often eat veggies on pizza they won’t touch in other things.  You can mix spinach in with the sauce to sneak veggies in that way.  There are so many different things you can do when making pizza that it never gets boring, to make or to eat!

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