Did you know that you can use whole wheat flour as a substitute for white flour in lots of different baked dishes? What better time that September, when whole grains are a Foods of the Month to try this out?!
One of our favorite ways to get more whole grains is by swapping out white flour for whole wheat in pizza dough. The great thing about making your own pizza dough is that you can make a big batch and store it in the fridge, to create various healthy dinners throughout the week. To make whole wheat pizza dough, we recommend using half whole wheat flour and half white flour in your favorite pizza dough recipe. By leaving some white flour, your dough is not too dense, but you still get the fiber benefits of whole wheat flour. Combine your flour with yeast, hot water, a little salt and sugar, some extra virgin olive oil and mix thoroughly.
Now that you have your healthy homemade pizza dough, what are you going to do with it? Get a little more creative than a regular pizza and try making a calzone or Stromboli! To make these traditionally fatty dishes more healthy, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the dough, add low-fat cheese, then top with tons of veggies like tomatoes, peppers and spinach. Carefully roll it up, and put in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Check out the yummy final product!